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Which 2014 smartphones are the best for gaming?

Posted on | October 29, 2014 | No Comments

There has been huge advances in the technology of smartphones in recent times, ensuring that they can be employed for music, movies, working and playing games now. These are three of the best for that, whether it is a simple game of roulette at a mobile casino, or a high end racing game like Need for Speed that you prefer.

Motorola Moto G
This smartphone from Motorola offers a decently-sized 5-inch screen for gaming, with image resolution levels of 720 x 1280 and 294-ppi pixel density. The memory is not the greatest, with 1GB of RAM, compared with the 3GB offered by some phones – but 32GB storage means keeping even graphics rich games like Batman Arkham City Lockdown will be no problem. It also has a quad-core Snapdragon processor with a reasonable 1.2 GHz and Adreno 305 graphics processing unit. None of these are the best specs you can get though, although the Android 4.4 KitKat OS is cutting-edge, so why is it on the list? The £149 price makes it one of the most affordable phones offering decent gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
By contrast, this Samsung phone offers pretty unbeatable gaming specs – but also retails at around £599. The Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor has 3GB RAM, so you could even move between playing something like roulette at a casino and browsing online, without problems. Furthermore the Adreno 330 GPU is about the best you can get, making this the phone to play those Android games with quality graphics (like Glowfish HD or the Batman or Avengers spin-off games), as they will run beautifully. Finally, that graphics performance is matched by 1080 x 1920 resolution on the large 5.7-inch display – AND you get the S Pen stylus.

The HTC One offers the BoomSound speakers that make it perhaps the smartphone for playing a racing game like Asphalt 8 on, as the cars will feel like they are racing in your living room. The resolution levels are the same as on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (pixel density is 469-ppi), although the 4.7-inch screen is smaller. A definite downside is that, like the Galaxy Note 3, it is an expensive option (£550) – but from a games perspective you get what you pay for.

If you are on a limited budget, the Motorola Moto G smartphone offers healthy games performance at an affordable price, but for those who can meet the cost, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 delivers the best gaming phone across the board.

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Game of Thrones for Halloween!

Posted on | August 15, 2014 | No Comments

halloweenOk, so you are a Game of Thrones fan, and Halloween is just around the corner. Ideas!!

A number of characters from the popular HBO series Game of Thrones have excellent outfits, which are ideal to wear for all of your Halloween parties.

One of the best choice is Daenerys Targaryen, one of the exiled descendants of the overthrown King. With a hood on the back attached to a blue cloak, her blue sleeveless dress is simple yet captivating.

In order to give your Daenerys costume a realistic feel, make sure that you choose a long blonde wig to compliment the look. The right wig for the job will contain hair that falls to the waist, and the hair strands are quite wispy-looking. Moreover, a few hair strands are braided together on each side, hanging down on the back.

The attractive gown with light blue features worn by the Khaleesi princess makes for a great Halloween costume as well. One of the sides of the gown has an elongated slit, and the waist is accessorized using chain-link type embellishments. If you include a necklace with a dragon-egg along with the appropriate wig, this costume is going to look perfect!

In case you want to choose a couple’s costume for Halloween night, Game of Thrones has numerous ideas to offer in that regard as well. Whether you want to embrace the dress of villains or lovers, you will have a very real chance of winning the best costume award this year.

For you ladies out there, Catelyn Tully’s costume will be a real eye-catcher. With a flowing style that touches the floor, the beautiful dress is sure to turn heads. The sleeve edges and the bottom part of the gown have gold trimmings.

In order to prevent tipping over due to the length of the costume, a raised hem featured toward the front part exists in the officially licensed costume versions, assuring ease of mobility.

Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark is Catelyn’s husband, and his Halloween costume can be a great choice for all you men who love the show. Featuring a pant, a shirt, a doublet, a belt, a leather vest, knit sweater and heavy coat, the officially licensed Game of Thrones Ned Stark costume is not cheap, but looks incredible.

In order to accessorize Ned’s costume, making use of a cloak, sword, Hand of the King pin and gloves is a good idea. There is also a warrior cloak available which has faux fur trimming, and will ideally complete the medieval look.

The entire character lineup of Game of Thrones wears amazing outfits which effectively portray medieval Western Europe in the late 1400s. During production of the third season of this award-winning series, a full 257 cast names were recorded. So it may be hard choosing your favorite Game of Thrones character!

But no matter whether you make your own outfit or purchase one of the gorgeous officially licensed Game of Thrones costumes available online, you are sure to be the talk of any themed party, renaissance fair, Comic-Con, or Halloween events you attend.

Have fun!!

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Loving Zero Water

Posted on | July 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

I had a water pitcher/filter in my fridge for a while now.. I bought the replacement filters (Brita or comparable store brand) every three months or so and for the last few years, thought I was drinking cleaner water because of these efforts. I was wrong. My daughter told me about her recent Zero Water purchase and how much she enjoyed the taste of the water so much better. zerowaterpitcherMy daughter actually liking water was pretty amazing, lol. She was never much into water solo before. I was happy for her and since I new my pitcher needed an upgrade anyway, thought I’d see what this Zero water was about. I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond and liked what I read on the packaging, so I brought it home.

The pitcher includes a little themometer-looking water meter, so you can measure the amount of unwanted stuff in your water. They encourage you to test your tap water and I was intriqued, so I did. I guess a common amount of metals and other yucky things in California tap water measures around 240. However, I was surprised to see the number from my tap water was 293! Out of curiosity, I used the meter on my so-called “clean” water in the filter/pitcher that I had been using for years now, the one I knew needed the upgrade – remember? OK, so the meter measured a whopping 243 for that obviously not-so-clean-after-all water. I was kinda perturbed at this point that I was fooling myself, thinking I was drinking more pure water all this time when I was so totally wasn’t.

So after cleaning the Zero pitcher and assembling the filter and adding some cold tap water. I watched, in anticipation, my new system do it’s magic and fill this new pretty blue pitcher with (hopefully) pure water, without the unwanted materials, metals, chemicals, etc..

The first glass out of the pitcher, I tested, of course – to compare. The results? ZERO. My new Zero Water tested clean and oh boy, you could actually taste the difference too. I am so impressed!

I am not an affiliate, I did not get this product free to try and no one is giving me any kind of treats or kudos to say this. I’m just really honestly very happy with this and wanted to share the results with you. I thought that maybe there might be a few people who could benefit from the info. Time to switch your water filter/pitcher at home too maybe?

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