AA batteries are among the most commonly used batteries in any household. To say that there is a need to find ways to extend their battery life is not an exaggeration. Considerable household savings can be realized when people make it a point to observe practices that will extend battery life. Also, the more we are able to reuse batteries, the better it is for the environment. [Read more…]
You see them all the time, right? Top ten gadgets of the holiday shopping season, or five must-have gadgets that are coming next year? The gadget-related titles and content are all over the internet, and that must mean that people are buying them in droves. But why?
That’s a great question. Here are six reasons people love to buy gadgets for themselves and others. [Read more…]
Somewhere along the way someone decided they like to dance and move their bodies, but they couldn’t be away from Facebook. After all, if you’re out doing some great you want everyone to know about it in your status. Pulling out your phone and typing in a status can be a drag. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just move your body to update your Facebook status? Well you guessed it—a new technology known as the LikeBelt makes this possible. No, I’m not joking.
The belt was created by design and development company Deeplocal. The way it works is this: If you’re walking down the road and see something that you like and you want to Facebook “like” it, all you have to do is thrust your hips into the direction of what you like. This thrust will then register with your android smartphone and let all of your Facebook friends know what you “like” at the very moment you have decided you like it. You can see a photo of the LikeBelt taken from Deeplocal up above.
While Facebook is busy preparing its own virtual currency, Facebook Credits, Offerpal Media went ahead and rolled out its own virtual currency system complete with its own website – Gamepoints.com.
Basically, what Gamepoints lets you do is to Â accumulate Gamepoints credit as much as you want to. You can then exchange these gamepoints for Â virtual currency which you can spend on Facebook games.
To earn game points, you can do the following Â activities:
- Watch a short video
- Buy music MP3s from iTunes or tickets to popular movies in theaters today
- Shop online at your favorite stores, including great deals with discount coupons
- Trade-in used electronics or unused gift cards
- Complete a survey
- Subscribe to magazines
After earning enough game points, you can then use them on Facebook games as virtual currency Â on various social networking sites such as – FarmVille, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, Cafe Worl and more.
If you don’t have the time to do the ways by which you can earn game points, Gamepoints.com also lets you directly buy those game points so that you can use them immediately on your favorite social networking site which support virtual currencies.
The list of social games where you can use GamePoints include Zyngaâ€™s FarmVille, YoVille, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, CafÃ© World, PetVille, FishVille, Vampire Wars and others; Playdomâ€™s Mobsters, Sorority Life, Social City, Tiki Resort and others; Digital Chocolateâ€™s MMA Pro Fighter; HitGrabâ€™s Mousehunt; TheBrothâ€™s Barn Buddy; Tall Tree Gameâ€™s Fish World; K-Factor Mediaâ€™s Castle Age; Tree Roomâ€™s My Town; Apps-O-Ramaâ€™s Car Madness; Offbeat Creationsâ€™ Be a Tycoon; BitRhymesâ€™ The Warlords; Five Minutesâ€™ Happy Farm; and many others.
Whether we like it or not, we have to give Apple some credit for releasing its magical iPad tablet. Despite its shortcomings and minor flaws the iPad has managed to stir up the otherwise sleeping tablet computer industry and the e-reader market. Several brands are now in a rush to come up with something better than than the iPad.
For Barnes and Noble it’s much easier to do this because Nook is already out even before the iPad hit the market. So, what B&N can do right now is update Nook’s features and make it a better e-reader than the iPad. And it is doing this right now as it announces some new features for Nook such as Read In Store and the addition of some games that Nook owners can play on their device. These were made possible via a software update to v1.3.
The beta Read in Store feature allows Nook owners you to read ebooks while your inside a Barnes & Noble store. You Nook will automatically connect to the Nook online bookstore and let you read titles from the B&N online bookstore even if the books are physically out of stock. While inside the store, you can read ebooks up an hour per day. B&N also plans to make some current edition newspapers and magazines available for in-store reading soon.
â€œOur digital customers will feel at home in our stores with Read In Store, which puts a digital spin on the popular Barnes & Noble bookstore experience that millions of our customers enjoy each day. At no cost, NOOK customers can browse through our robust collection of digital content while enjoying their favorite beverage in our cafÃ©,â€ said Tony Astarita, Vice President, Digital Products, Barnes & Noble.com.
In addition to these, Barnes & Noble has also included new games and other entertainment features to Nook including Chess and Soduku.
While the Nook v1.3 software update includes the following new features and enhancements:
- improved page turn speed, enhanced color touch screen navigation, faster access to previously opened eBooks Â and more
- high-speed connectivity to more hotspots
- built-in web browser
- updated homescreen
Nook v1.3 is available to download from www.nook.com/update or you may want to wait for automatic update in the coming weeks.