Nintendo To Launch Mini Games For SmartPhones?

 

According to Nikkei, a Japanese business publication, Nintendo has a plan to move into mobile mini games. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that they were planning on how to rely on mobile platforms to advance their gaming business. The paper goes on reporting that Nintendo will be initiating a mobile project in 2014 that will rely on smartphones to market its console games. Part of this strategy is calling for video and information delivery to mobile users, but Nintendo is expanding this to comprise its console titles’ demos. The demos will be free, intended to simply hook players convincing them to buy the full games on Nintendo hardware.

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As per the distribution, Nintendo is arranging a raid into mobile not close to what numerous enthusiastic fans and Wii U depreciators may be calling for. The organization is supposedly arranging free mini-games for cell phones that’ll act as demos of full-estimated reassure and 3D games. The mini games will likewise accompany the capability to buy those full-valued games through one’s cell phone, Nikkei reports. Continue reading

The Top 5 WordPress Plugins for Social Media

 

There is no doubt that social media sharing buttons are a must-have for any blog. They offer a convenient way for your site visitors to share your content with others in their sphere of influence, so that your work can be exposed to more people. Thankfully, WordPress has developed a robust framework that is able to accommodate several different types of social sharing plugins, making the process of adding social buttons to your site as easy as clicking a few buttons. Continue reading

Best Camera Apps For The Android

 

During the previous 2 years, Android has made some serious improvements in the camera app field. Not only are OEMs making better cameras, but also much better camera software overall. What once was a simple process offocusing and shooting has gradually evolved into something more complicated. So, the question is – What are the best and most user friendly camera apps for the Android?

There are literally hundreds of camera apps designed specially for the Android, and the list below brings you some of the best!

#1 Camera ZOOM FX

This app is certainly among the best camera apps available for Android. Unlike some other camera apps, this one takes a slightly different approach with the use of effects and filters. Instead of simply using some of the pre-made effects and filters, Camera Zoom FX lets its users to make a choice between variouseffects which will create their own unique filter.

The best aspect of this camera app is the sheer number of different effects available. From colorful and flamboyant effects to a retro effect, this app has an effect or a filter that anyone would enjoy.

#2 Camera360 Ultimate

Not only is Camera360 Ultimate a great camera app for the Android, it is also among the most popular ones. For many people this has been, and still is, the best camera app. This is not surprising given the fact that this camera app is packed with many features. Camera360 Ultimate gets you every standardfeature, as well as a wide range of filters and effects.

#3 Cymera (Price: Free)

Cymera camera app is not only extremely popular, but very well respected and rated as well. Cymera app specializes in taking a specific type of picture which makes it a little different from the rest of the apps featured on this list. It is predominately used for photographingpeople’s faces, but can easily work as an standard ordinary camera app.
It offers the standard features, effects, filters and other treats, but its best feature is definitively face shots. For example, it offers a special set of filters and features for when a smile is caught in your pictures, making it unique and fun to use.

#4 Camera MX

Camera MX might not posses the set of features one would hope to find when looking for something more professional, but if you are only a casual photographer or you simply enjoy sharing your images via Instagram or Google+, this camera app is more than enough. All of the standard features like flash, zoom and ISO are present in Camera MX.
However, there is also a wide range of frames and themes to make every image more personal. You can also apply the filter before taking the actual picture in order tosee how it will turn out, as well as add other effects to already taken pictures, making them look even better.

#5 Otaku Camera

Otaku Camera is a fun, specialized camera app. It uses its special filter with graphic and frame overlays to transform any image into an anime picture, which is extremely fun for any anime and manga fan. You can also download many other themes featuring various filters.

Otaku Camera is certainly for hobbyists and enthusiasts only, but its uniqueness, quality and overall fun puts it on the list.

How To Sync Google Calendar With Outlook 2013

 

Google Calendar is one of the most powerful tools to keep track of your schedule, meetings, and important events. Coupled with Microsoft’s Outlook 2013, these two tools will come in handy for any user trying to better organize his or her time.

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Unfortunately, Google Calendar Sync was discontinued recently and it has been replaced by Google Apps Sync, which is available only for paying customers. Thankfully, there are other ways to sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2013, completely for free. Here is quick step by step guide:

1. Firstly, log in to your Google account and spot the “Calendar” button on the Google Bar. If you are logged into your Gmail account, you will see that the “Calendar” button no longer exists. Instead, select the Calendar function from the Apps launcher icon.

2. Hover the cursor over the calendar which you want to synchronize and select it. Activate the dropdown menu and select Calendar Settings. This will open the Calendar details page.

3. Click the green ICAL icon next to the Calendar Address if your calendar is public. If your calendar is private click the green ICAL box next to the Calendar’s Private Address.

4. Now copy the URL in your browser and then you can paste it in any software that supports *.ics formats (iCal).

Next, you have to choose from two different methods to complete the sync with Outlook 2013:

Method A:

1. Open Outlook and go to Calendar>Manage Calendars

2. Choose “Open Calendar” and pick “From Internet” from the list. Here you will paste the Google Calendar’s URL and you are ready to go.

Method B:

1. Open Outlook and hit the File tab and click on Account Settings twice.

2. Find the Internet Calendars and click the New… button.

3. In the dialogue box copy the URL from Google’s Calendar and then click Add.

4. Close the Account Settings dialogue.

5. Open the Subscriptions Option dialogue box. Here, type a folder name where you will store the imported calendar. Next, make sure to check the box for Update Limit. Also, check the attachments box if you want to transfer the files and data from the Google Calendar Events. Now your sync is complete and you are good to go.

Finally, you can check your Google Calendar in Outlook 2013 under the Other Calendars tab. Of course, you can choose multiple colors, depending on the user. Also keep in mind that the imported calendar is read-only, as explained by the lock icon. This means that changes made in Outlook 2013 are not synced with the Google Calendar. To send changes back to Google Calendar, you will have to export it.

Differences Between the iPad Air and iPad 4

 

Every time a new piece of gizmo hits the market, tech lovers are itching to analyze it and see how it compares with its predecessor. It was no different with the iPad Air when it unveiled late last year to replace the iPad 4. There are quite a few differences between the iPad Air and iPad 4:

1. The All Important Design 

This is perhaps the area where these two differ most. The thinness and light weight of the new iPad are what earned it the name “Air”; it measures just 7.5mm thick, making it almost 2mm thinner than the iPad 4. It weighs in at 478g, a whole 184g lighter than iPad 4. Its area is also smaller (240 x 169.5mm as opposed to 241.2 x 185.7mm of the earlier version). Both tablets are housed in an ultra-light aluminum casing though the colors are different; the iPad Air arrives with either a black face and gray back panel or white face and silver back panel as opposed to a silver back and white or black face of iPad 4. Apple has retained the 9.7 inch display of the previous model so the bezel has been reduced in order to compensate for the more compact design of the iPad Air.

2. Hardware 

The iPad Air has a 64-bit 1.4 GHz dual core A7 processor running the show, which is an upgrade over its predecessor’s 32-bit 1.4 GHz dual core A6X processor. An M7 co-processor has also been introduced in the new version to reduce the main chip’s workload. Both have a 1 GB RAM. The front and back cameras are similar in both units in terms of pixels, but the lenses of the iPad Air are smaller. The Air’s battery is understandably smaller the iPad 4’s but still supports 10 hours of video and gaming. The storage hasn’t changed, coming with 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB options.

3. Operating

While the 4th generation iPad ran on iOS 6, the iPad Air runs on the more efficient iOS 7. iOS 7 is more powerful than iOS 6 with games and applications opening and running faster and more steadily. While the iPad 4 is upgradable to iOS 7, the Air isn’t capable of using iOS 6.

The iPad 4 was itself quite a formidable device and improving on it was a tough task. However Apple managed to do just that with the iPad Air. The design of the new tablet is undeniably the most important alteration that Apple made and it has proved quite popular with tech lovers. The tweaks in hardware and the operating systems also combine to give the iPad Air a slight edge in terms of performance over the iPad 4.

Top Rated External Battery Backups

 

mophieA lot of people depend on electronics like laptops, tablets, cell phones, and other mobile devices in their everyday life. Some people use them for work, some for school, and others for entertainment. The one thing all these people have in common is that the batteries in their electronic devices are always running out and need constant batteries.

External battery packs are used to charge your electronic devices on the go, without having to plug them into an electrical outlet. They are very handy whenever the battery of one of your devices dies and you don’t have anywhere to plug it in, or if you forgot to bring your charger with you.

Here is a list of some of the top rated external battery packs on the market.

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation

This is a popular brand of extended battery packs that can charge most devices, and they have three different models. The 2500 mAh Powerstation mini is the smallest model they make, it costs $60 and is perfect for charging smartphones. The 4000 mAh Powerstation costs $80, and is more powerful than the mini. It is powerful enough to charge smartphones and tablets, but it won’t fully charge your tablets. The 6000 mAh Powerstation Duo is the most powerful Powerstation Mophie makes; it costs $100, and can fully charge your tablets. It can also charge two devices at the same time.

MonoPrice External Battery Packs

These lightweight external battery packs are powerful enough to charge your phone or tablet, the more powerful model, can charge up to two devices at a time. The MonoPrice battery packs are quite cheap compared to the rest of their competition which makes them one of the most popular brands of external battery packs. The cheapest one they sell is $8, while their most expensive is $29.

New Trent iCarrier

They started by making battery packs for apple products like the iPhone and iPad, they have expanded their service to include other brands now. These external battery packs arguably hold the longest charge; they can charge a phone a number of times before they need to be recharged, which make them worth the retail price of $70.

 Anker Astro Series (The E3, E4, and Pro)

These external battery packs might be the most popular on the market, they are very powerful devices that can charge all mobile devices and tablets, they can also charge netbooks and some small laptops. They can charge multiple devices at once, and give you the best value for your money. The E3 sells for $40, the E4, $47, and the pro costs $60.

If you are tired of your mobile device batteries running out on you at the most inconvenient times, you should look into purchasing one of these

The Top Rated Free Antivirus Software For 2014

 

Computer_VirusIf you don’t have antivirus protection for your computer, you are exposing it to a lot of viruses, and virus related software. The most common excuse used by people without virus protection is the pricing; a lot of people feel most antivirus software are overpriced. Instead of protecting their computers from harm, they take their chances without protection because they believe they only visit safe sites, and are not at risk of getting a virus. Unfortunately for them, their computers still gets infected with viruses.

The good news for people who don’t want to pay for antivirus software is that there are a lot of free antivirus software available now, some of which are very good. Here is a list of the top rated free antivirus software for 2014.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

This has one of the best antivirus technologies available on Windows, it secures all your online transactions, while quietly working to stop all e-threats, it also keeps your social media privacy safe, and can prevent device theft by allowing you to locate and lock any of your connected devices remotely. It also prevents hackers from accessing your personal information by opening your financial transactions in a separate and secure browser. If you are impressed with the free 30 day trial, you can purchase the full version for $39.95

Norton Internet Security 2014

Norton Internet Security is one of the most recognized antivirus brands in the world, and one of the best. The latest version of Norton doesn’t disappoint, it provides protection from identity theft, viruses, online scams, hackers, and malware. This version of Norton can be installed on three computers, which can be used to protect all the computers in your home. It also has parental controls so you can block your kids or from visiting certain websites. After the expiration of the 30 day trial, you can purchase it for $69.99.

AVG AntiVirus 2014

AVG provides a top quality antivirus program for FREE; it provides security for your private files both online and on your PC. The new version is an improvement on last year’s version which was already impressive; it has a file shredder that permanently deletes your confidential files, so you don’t have to worry about hackers getting their hands on your personal information. It also has a smart scanning technology that allows it to perform scans on your computer faster and make sure it doesn’t perform scans and other tasks when your computer is busy. AVG provides free apps to protect your mobile devices and tablets too.

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

This is the best of the free antivirus programs, its layout is very easy to navigate compared to some of the other antivirus software. It not only scans and protects your computer from viruses and malware; it is also a security manager, which means it is always working to protect your computer from viruses by tracking security statistics, and providing pop up notifiers alerting you to security news. It also has a built-in do not track technology, which prevents third-party websites from tracking your online movements for advertisement purposes.

The best thing about Avast is that it is 100 percent free, which means it isn’t a trial version and you don’t have to pay anything.

With these free antivirus software available for everybody to download, there is no excuse to leave your computer unprotected.

How to Buy Aged Domain Names

 

Buying an aged domain can make it easier to rank in Google. It’s not necessarily about how old the domain name is, exactly. It’s about the way buying an aged domain lets you assume some of the site’s authority. The trick is acquiring an aged domain that has significant PageRank or an extensive, quality back link profile.

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The domain does not have to be relevant to your niche of choice, though it can help. You don’t necessarily want to be 301 redirecting the new domain name to your existing page — though that might give you rapid trust and some link equity, it’s usually better to re-establish old domains. To promote your existing domain, create content on the re-established domains that’s specific to your niche.

GoDaddy Auctions are a good place to pick up aged domains. You can go through the listings there and pick out some that look attractive, then use any number of dozens of free and paid tools for checking them out. ExpiredDomains.net, the SEOMAstering Fake Page Rank Check Tool, MajesticSEO, OpenSiteExplorer, and Ahrefs will give you a through picture of the domain name’s provenance.

It’s important to check out the link history of any domain before you buy. Why? Otherwise, you might end up with something that has a seedy, sordid past. In fact, it’s better to get a domain with an established, diverse, and above all clean backlink profile. PageRank isn’t nearly as important. The free version of MajesticSEO works wonders here — check for over-optimized anchor text as well as suspiciously low trust.

Same goes for checking for fake PageRank. Some people sell domains and use a 301 or 302 redirect to point to other high-PageRank sites… plus a custom script that only does that redirect if the visitor is Google. In other words, you visit the page and Google toolbar or your PR checker displays the PR of the popular site, while your browser sees the page on the “faked PageRank” site.

The other thing to watch out for sits with nasty pasts. This shows up in MajesticSEO as a discrepancy between Citation Flow and Trust Flow. A domain name that has many thousands of backlinks but a very low Trust Flow has probably been used for something shady… which you want to avoid.

How to Register a Domain Name

 

If you are planning to put up a website, one of the steps you must take at the beginning is to register your domain name. A domain name is the unique name that will be used to identify your website like “yourbrand.com”, “yourcompany.com” or “yourorganization.org”. First we’ll take a quick look at the importance of domain registration, and then we’ll briefly discuss how to register a domain name.

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A domain name is very important for the following reasons:

* Credibility. If you are a business owner, your domain name will help you to build trust and credibility with your prospects and customers. In fact, nowadays, very few customers will be willing to transact business with a company that has no domain name.

* Flexibility. Your domain name goes with you when you need to change your web host. Your customers will still be able to gain access to your site regardless of the hosting company you use. This gives you the freedom to change hosts or hosting plans when the need arises.

* Effective Branding. A company domain name enhances branding. It also makes it easier for your clients and prospects to find you online. In fact, if you are able to register your domain name early enough, people can find you easily by simply typing your product or brand in the address bar of their browsers.

To obtain a domain name, you need to register your desired name with the ICANN database, which is currently responsible for keeping track of domain names worldwide. You usually do this with the help of a domain registrar. They usually register domains for an annual fee of between $US10 to $US40.

There are other ways to register a domain name. For instance, you could choose to register it through a web hosting company. But if you are just establishing your online presence, you should start with a domain registrar. This is because domain names, that will effectively describe your products and services, can be taken up quickly by your competitors. Hence, before you decide on a hosting plan, you should take immediate steps to secure your domain name after you have gone through the steps outlined below.

Steps to Register a Domain Name

Select a Domain Registrar

Choose a reliable domain registrar that can register your domain for you and protect your personal and financial information. Do a quick search online and read the ratings of different registrars. Many registrars also perform dual roles as hosts. But at this point, you should focus on the quality of their domain registration service. Compare the fees and customer ratings of a few top registrars before you make your final choice.

Create an Optimized Domain Name

An optimized domain name is a name that can be easily remembered by your target audience. It should also be a name that will be optimized for major search engines like Google. You can use Google webmaster tools to do some research on search terms or keywords that are related to your brand or services when you are choosing your domain names. Make sure you put down several alternative names. This will enable you to proceed quickly if you discover that the first name is no longer available. Choose shorter names that sound professional and avoid using names of establish brands that can bring about copyright violations.

Select a Suitable Top Level Domain

A top level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name that comes after the dot. The most popular TLDs are .com and .net. Non-profit organizations also use .org. You can also choose a country specific TLD such as .co.uk for the United Kingdom and .ca for Canada. Even though the most popular TLDs cost more than the others, customers are more likely to associate them with your domain name. So it is safer to go with .com or .net.

Check for Availability

The domain registrar will give you an opportunity to check for the availability of any domain name that you want to register. If the domain name is not available, the information about the owner of the domain will be displayed (as long as it is available for public viewing). You could make an attempt to buy your desired domain from the current owner. Or, you could proceed to register other alternative domain names that are still available.

Supply All Required Information

Next, you should fill out the online forms presented to you by the domain registrar. It is very important for you to put in accurate information and keep a record of what you filled in while doing the registration. At this point, you may also decide to make some information private (for an extra fee). This will prevent anyone, who uses the whois.com website to check the information attached to a domain, from viewing your contact information.

Pay for the Domain

Finally, you should pay for domain using PayPal or a credit card. Currently, these are the main options available for paying for domain registration. You can also indicate if you want to pay for more than one year or if you want your domain registration to be renewed automatically so that your domain does not expire and get sold to someone else.

That was a brief discussion on how to register a domain name. Before you leave, review the article again and bookmark it for future reference.