Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Samsung ST200F

Samsung ST200F Review Image

The Samsung ST200F is part of the Korean company’s Performance range of digital compact cameras. Featuring a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi connectivity and Motion Photo which creates the new Cinemagraph craze, the ST200F also has a 3 inch Intelligent LCD screen, optical image stabilisation and HD video recording. Available in black, plum or red, the Samsung ST200F officially retails for £189.99 / $199.99.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

10 ways to boost your happiness


Happiness tip 1: Watch a comedy movie

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and if you’re feeling down in the dumps then this is definitely true. Laughter can not only release pent-up emotions, but it also produces endorphins to boost your mood. Furthermore, research has found that laughing burns calories and boosts heart health too. To get your happiness levels up and boost your wellbeing too, pop in a comedy DVD next time you’re feeling down.


Happiness tip 2: Eat yourself happy

While our outlook often changes based on external factors, if your mood is often low it may be that you are suffering from a nutrient deficiency. Research has found that having low levels of omega-3 fatty acids (which are essential for good brain health) increases risk of depression and negativity, while research by Kuopio University in Finland found that taking B vitamin supplements could help treat depression. Try choosing foods rich in these nutrients to eat away the blues. 

Happiness tip 3: Get outdoors

Research has shown that low levels of vitamin D can contribute to mood disorders and depression. While vitamin D can be found in some foods or taken as supplement, one of the best sources of the mood-boosting vitamin is sunshine, which helps the body to create vitamin D. To boost your supplies of vitamin D, try to spend 10 to 15 minutes outdoors two to three times a week during the summer months.


Happiness tip 4: Have a workout

For an instant happiness boost when you’re feeling blue, try hitting the gym or heading out for a brisk walk or run. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain such as endorphins and anandamide which can boost your mood and leave you feeling great. Not only that, exercise is also good for boosting confidence levels and increasing self-esteem.


Happiness tip 5: Try aromatherapy

While many of us think of aromatherapy as an aid to relaxation, there are also many oils you can use to boost your happiness and help alleviate depression. Good aromatherapy oils to leave you uplifted include bergamot, geranium, neroli and jasmine. To lift your mood, try adding a few drops of these oils to water and burning on an oil burner, or create or purchase a room spray containing these essential oils.

Happiness tip 6: Take a risk

To get the endorphins going and give your confidence a boost, try challenging yourself on a regular basis. While we don’t advise you to put yourself in any danger, if there is something you have been putting off for a while out of fear, now is the time to bite the bullet and see it through. Whatever your fear – be it asking out that special someone, joining a gym or applying for a job abroad – conquering your fears will leave you feeling great as well as helping you achieve your dreams.
 

Chocolate


Happiness tip 7: Talk it out

If you are feeling seriously down and have been feeling low for a while, it is important to seek some help to get through this difficult phase. Seek out a friend or counsellor to listen to your problems, or visit your GP if you think you may be suffering from depression. No matter how bad you feel it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is no shame in seeking help. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved, and even talking through your issues can help them seem less overwhelming.


Happiness tip 8: Schedule in regular treats

To boost your happiness and satisfaction of life, it is important to make the most of those little things that boost your mood. Make a list of the day-to-day things that make you happy – such as having a catch-up with a friend, drinking hot chocolate in bed, or listening to your favourite song –and make sure you schedule one of these treats into every day. Planning regular treats not only gives you something to look forward to, but it can also subtly improve each day.


Happiness tip 9: Do something selfless

It is easy to get bogged down in our own problems, so every once in a while it is good to put our issues to one side and help someone else feel happy instead. Whether you want to take on a long-term volunteering role, make a donation to charity, or improve the happiness of someone you know with a thoughtful note or gift, making an effort to make someone else smile is a great way to get some perspective, take your mind off your problems and increase your sense of purpose and fulfillment.


Happiness tip 10: Set yourself a goal

Whether you aspire to get fit, obtain that dream job or learn how to cook something other than toast, most of us have something we long to achieve during our lifetime. Rather than putting off your dreams until a perfect moment which may never come, take some positive action and make a plan of how you will achieve your goal starting today. Having something to work towards will not only distract you from your problems, it will also reignite your passion for life and increase your excitement for the future.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Olympus E-5 Successor at Photokina?

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Olympus have issued a vague press release that hints at a successor for the E-5 pro DSLR camera. The head of Olympus’ SLR planning team has said that the company is working on a new body for use with its best “Top Pro” lenses, like the 90-250mm f2.8 zoom. Akira Watanabe “emphasise(s) that Olympus is actively developing a solution and will announce more details in due course” - on the back of that statement, we’d expect to see at least an early mockup of the Olympus E-5 successor at the bi-annual Photokina show next month…
Press Release
Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses
Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus Imaging’s SLR planning department, confirmed today that the company is definitely working on a body to deliver the focusing performance expected by users of the Top Pro lens series like the ground breaking 90-250mm f2.8 fixed aperture zoom.
Watanabe has been delighted with the success of the OM-D which has pushed the boundaries of performance for system cameras but acknowledged that it did not deliver with the legacy high end lenses from the E-System. Whilst further information wasn’t forthcoming, he was keen to emphasise that Olympus is actively developing a solution and will announce more details in due course.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

TextMe – Push Text, Image, Video, Links From Desktop To Mobile Phone Via SMS For Free!


Textme has launched a service that allows users to share text, images, videos and links from the web browser to any mobile phone in India.
Textme installs a button inside the web browser which stays with the user while browsing the web. This enables users to simple right click any image, link or text on a web page to send to a phone. This simple and effective sharing method has garnered 40k users who have used the service close to 5 million times since its launch. Alexa currently lists Textme as one of top 5,000 sites in India.
The service can be used on any website in the world and according to founder Dayson Pais,“Users are delighted to discover new and unique ways to use Textme like sharing online news articles, IPL scores, videos from youtube, images from facebook, sending wikipedia links & excerpts, railway bookings, ticket information, live stock quotes from moneycontrol and more. A lot of people also use Textme as a convenient way to quickly send messages to friends and family.”
textme
Textme is available for almost every major browser like Chrome, Firefox etc. India is a mobile crazy country. Textme takes the love for online sharing and combines it with this craze formobile messaging. It addresses the one area of sharing content where there has been no ready solution at hand – Sharing from your browser to a friend’s phone via SMS. The ease with which the service delivers is one of the biggest reasons for its success. Textme is simple sharing packed with a great user experience.

Main Features Of Textme Are:

  • Installs in a PC browser like Chrome or Firefox,
  • Can send text, images, videos & links from any website in the world,
  • Does not require a smartphone to use,
  • Intuitive UI and one of the best user experiences,
  • Completely free to use!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Liquid Image Ego




The Liquid Image Ego is a mountable HD video camera with built-in Wi-Fi. Designed with extreme sports enthusiasts in mind, the Ego includes a multi-directional mounting system with a quick release lever, tripod mount. It records in four modes: Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps; a ‘High Action’ HD 720p video at 60 fps (for capturing fast action with less blurring); 12-megapixel still photo; and a continuous Photo mode. The lens itself is a 136 degrees wide unit, enabling the camera to shoot at a wider angle. The Ego is Wi-Fi enabled allowing users to view footage in real time and stream to their smart phones, tablets, or computers.
The Ego is available in five colours, Black, Red, Blue, White and Yellow and has an RRP of £159.99. It will be available in the UK from August 2012.
Liquid Image Press Release
London, 14th July 2012 Liquid Image, a leader in wearable technology, has announced the launch of its new Ego camera, a small (4.1 x 3 x 6.4cm) mountable HD video camera with built-in Wi-Fi that can be clipped on to various sports equipment.
Following on from the company’s wide range of goggle-mounted cameras that capture footage from the shooter’s point of view only, the new Ego camera can be mounted on bikes, boards and other sports equipment and angled to take photos or video of the user during sporting activity as well - hence the name ‘Ego’.
Designed with extreme sports enthusiasts in mind, the Ego includes a multi-directional mounting system with a quick release lever, tripod mount. It is shower proof down to 10 feet and underwater housing is available to purchase as an accessory that is waterproof down to 100m making it flexible enough for even the most challenging sports environments.
It records in four modes: Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps; a ‘High Action’ HD 720p video at 60 fps (for capturing fast action with less blurring); 12-megapixel still photo; and a continuous Photo mode. The lens itself is a 136 degrees wide unit, enabling the camera to shoot at a wider angle. Unlike many small action cams, it also features an LCD viewfinder/playback screen.
The Ego is Wi-Fi enabled allowing users to view footage in real time and stream to their smart phones, tablets, or computers. No external Wi-Fi attachments are required. Users who download the appropriate app can also control the camera using their smart phone, which could come in handy when the Ego is mounted in hard-to-reach places. Conventional hands-on control is also possible, using two buttons on the camera.
The Ego can take a Micro SDHC card up to 32GB (memory cards are not included), which records thousands of photos and hours of HD video. Files can then be downloaded to a computer with the high speed USB cable provided or with the SD card and the Ego’s internal battery provides over two hours of life before needing recharging.
The Ego is available in five colours, Black, Red, Blue, White and Yellow and has an RRP of £159.99. It will be available in the UK from August 2012.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 Hits European Market


The Casio Exilim EX-ZR300, which wasannounced in Japan back in May, is now being launched across Europe. The compact travelzoom features a 24-300mm equivalent lens, 16-megapixel sensor, fast AF and support for Toshiba’s new FlashAirrange of Wi-Fi enabled memory cards. Available from the end of August, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 carries an SRP of €279.
Source: Casio Europe

Saturday, 4 August 2012

MY REVIEW of Heaven is for Real for Kids as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo.


Title: Heaven is for Real for KidsA Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Author: By Todd & Sonja Burpo
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1870-4
Genre: Juvenile Non Fiction / Religious
Source: booksneeze
Rating: 5/5


MY REVIEW of Heaven is for Real for Kids as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo.

I am very glad that booksneeze has given me an opportunity to write of this New York time’s No.1 best seller book.  In this book, Colton Burpo acts as narrator of his own afterlife experience, explaining in a very childlike and simple way how wonderful and beautiful heaven is.

I have 2.5 yr old nephew in my house. I showed the book, I described the book, he really really liked the book. It was very easy for me because of the picture to describe the heaven, how colton visited heaven how was his experience. It’s a fun loving book for the children. This book should be used as a bed time story for the kids, they will really love it.

We the Indians always believe life after death which is said in Bhagwat Gita by Lord Krishna. But reading with the view of 4yr child is really awesome. Its a book that shows the love of Lord to us all, how our loved ones are waiting there in heaven for us and that death has no fear. It has been such a comfort to us all.

The description of Gate to heaven is really good, the streets are of gold and gates are made of pearl. I have read many books on life after death but I only doubt human spirits with animals, I have read that there are different heavens for humans and for animals.

Also it will be more interesting if you have read the adult version of this book, I have not read that book but eagerly waiting for read that version. 

I recommend this book for family reading. Don’t just give it to your child and walk away. Allow the young reader to express any concerns or reactions that they have to the story.


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Friday, 3 August 2012

Canon DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3




DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, This latest version adds support for the Canon EOS 650D (pictured), the Sony NEX-F3 and the Sony SLT-A37. It also includes more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations. This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after 1 September 2011.
Dxo Press Release
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony SLT-A37, and the Sony NEX-F3
300 new DxO Optics Modules added
1 August 2012 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious amateurs and professional photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony NEX-F3 compact digital with interchangeable lenses, and the Sony SLT-A37 — thus covering the entire range of Sony digital cameras with translucent mirrors.
Ever more new DxO Optics Modules
Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 has added more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations.
Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 7 for Mac and Windows are available for purchase in DxO Labs’ online store (http://www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers, at the following prices:
USD:
DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $ 169
DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $ 299
EUR:
DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: 149 €
DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: 299 €
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
BGP:
DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £ 135
DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £ 269
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.
A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 7, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 s


Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, an enthusiast compact camera housing a a 20 megapixel 1” CMOS sensor. It features a 28-100mm equivalent lens with F1.8-4.9 aperture range and image stabilisation and is the first Sony compact to capture Raw files.
It features a lens control dial and a 3:2 aspect ratio sensor. The Control Ring that surrounds the lens body enables D-SLR style control over exposure, zoom and other functions. The optimised Bionz image processor extends sensitivity up to ISO 25,600. The Cybershot RX100 offers both auto or manual modes, as well as full-HD movie recording. The RX100 will be available from July at around $649.