Ron and Jan decided to have a quasi location wedding. There were no planes and trains involved. Automobiles served the purpose just fine. The wedding was, however, 110 miles away at the beach. This of course prompted them to giving beach wedding favors to fit the scenario. Everything was going fine. The weather cooperated. The ceremony was suoer. The food, which consisted of all sumptuous sea food was fantastic. Toward the end of the evening, while sitting around a fire, Ron asked his younger brother Danny to distribute the favors. Danny responded “What favors?” Oh, the ones I left in my trunk back home.
What’s the use of going through the ritual of removing and tossing wedding garters if you don’t have real HOOCHI garters to toss? Do you want to see an every day garter on the leg of the beautiful bride or one that really adds life to the occasion. We all have our own way to express what has pizazz and what doesn’t. I chose to call something spicy,” Hoochi.” If you are going to bother to add this ritual to the reception, it should be memorable not BLAH. To find the best of the best for this, you must go to the Wedddingstar website for a fabulous selection.
The folks at HeyZap have announced a new feature for its suite of tools for mobile game developers. Developers will now be able to easily implement social leaderboards to help players track their two-thumbed fortitude in a variety of different games. This social driven leaderboard will focus on the player’s friends more than anything else.
Not only will you get to see each others’ high scores and accomplishments in supported titles, but the new SDK will allow developers to implement a feature where a player’s friends are automatically notified of a new high score that they can try and beat.
The timing of these leaderboards couldn’t be more perfect as Openfeint announced its graceful exit out of the social gaming market. Heyzap is looking to carry the torch going into 2013, and it urges developers to give its easy-to-use SDK a try.
Over 50 games have been outfitted with this new functionality, including Trivia Burst, Speedy Biker Xtreme and more. The company’s attractive track record has allowed them to strike up partnerships with big names like Zynga, Bigfish, Com2Us and more.
If coding your own leaderboards and social gaming features isn’t your cup of tea then that is not a bad list of clientele to be included with. Users can check out the full Heyzap app in the Google Play Store here to discover Heyzap-enabled games and interact with friends. As for developers, you can get started with the latest version of the SDK by following this link.
A lot of things have happened inside the courtrooms in the ongoing epic battles between Samsung and Apple, but there is just as much action outside the ominous halls of justice. Apple has long been rumored to be dwindling its dependency on Samsung for several components, including displays and batteries, and the biggest move of them all could be looming.
DigiTimes reports that Apple is ready to leave Samsung’s semiconductor manufacturing business hanging at the altar as the former is supposedly going to bypass the latter for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the biggest worldwide player in this space. Samsung is said to be getting as much as $13 billion next year out of its deals with Apple, and this move could put a huge dent in those figures.
It’s possible that Apple would deny this move has anything to do with their newly-developed rivalry with Samsung, but considering nothing has been confirmed then their reasoning is anyone’s guess. But being the drama lovers that we are not ashamed of being we have to immediately go with our first suspicion — Apple is simply trying to cripple Samsung wherever it can.
Whether or not this would actually hurt Samsung’s bottom line is an entirely different numbers game altogether, but keep in mind that Samsung is still the world’s leader in mobile phone shipments, and the company still has a billion other business bringing in loads of dough.
One has to question whether Apple actually has the gall to go through with such a move, though. Samsung’s losses would only be monetary, and if we can assume that many of its other partnerships and businesses don’t fall through then the beat will move on. But what if Apple is the one who could come out on the sour end of this move?
TSMC was said to be responsible for a slight delay in the mass production of the Snapdragon S4 chipset that almost affected the launch of several HTC devices earlier this year. While that anomaly isn’t commonplace you have to wonder whether or not a transition from Samsung to TSMC could potentially hurt Apple for future device launches. TSMC would have to scale its capacity to meet the huge demands of Samsung while maintaining a balancing act for the likes of Qualcomm and NVIDIA.
It would be one of the biggest transitions we’ve ever seen in the embedded semiconductor space, and a lot of moving parts involved could make this a risky and tricky move for Apple to take. We have a feeling that the Cupertino company would be willing to take that risk, though, if their hate for Samsung is as strong as we think it is.
Either way, it will be an interesting day if Apple ever decides to go through with it and we’ll be front row and center to see it all taking place. Who do you think would be hurt the most by such an action?
It’s been awhile since I’ve installed MiHome Launcher onto one of my Android devices. The homescreen replacement app has been out for some time in the Google Play Store and gives your favorite Android device the MIUI look without root.
The reason I haven’t been using the launcher is because 99% of the themes in MiHome Launcher (the single biggest selling point of the launcher) were tailored to the Mi-One (Xiaomi’s official MIUI phone). That phone featured a lower res 854×480 display, not 1280×720 found on higher-end devices these days. Thankfully, when the Mi-Two was announced, I knew that meant higher-def native 720p themes would follow suit — and boy, was I right.
Now, if you would allow me to introduce to you one of the most brilliant and creative themes I’ve come across in quite sometime. Normally, I like to keep my phone looking minimal in design, with flat icons and an almost futuristic “Tron” look to it. All that went out the window with this very dapper Gentlemen’s theme. The theme, found in MiHome Launcher’s “theme” section of the app, gives your desktop a classic, 1920′s look. That is, if phones weren’t all tethered to walls and booths back then (how did they live?!). With a muted taupe background, the theme is, in many ways, minimal. At the same time, your screen will be filled with big, extremely detailed, handmade icons. You have to really take a good look at ‘em to fully appreciate the amount of painstaking detail put into these. I was flabbergasted.
The MiLocker lockscreen can be disabled in MiHome Launcher’s settings and if you put all your apps into a folder labeled “Apps,” MiHome will alphabetize them for you. Also, to get the clock to change according to the theme, long press the homescreen, then select the picture clock widget. Once placed on your homescreen (and you’re still in edit mode), click on it and select the Gentleman clock theme.
If this seems like a good look for your device, and you want something to show off to the chaps at your local speakeasy, head on over the Play Store and give MiHome Launcher a download where you’ll find even more free themes to better suit your style. Best of all, the app and all of themes are free to download. Cheers.
Listen up to all you artists out there (and those who think they’re artists but really aren’t): a nice, big upgrade for Photoshop Touch has landed in the Google Play Store! The digital image editing app has received a lot of new and important additions in this latest upgrade.
Perhaps the biggest news is for tablet owners — those who prefer 7 inch slates over the usual 10 inch behemoths will be happy to know that the app has been optimized for your screen size. Your tablet must have at least 1024×600 resolution, but most mainstream 7 inch tablets should be able to meet that requirement no problem.
There equally important changes for everyone who decides to use this app, though. For starters, brush strokes are said to be a lot smoother compared to before. This should cut down on errors due to minor hiccups and will really help keep your sanity up and frustration down if this is something that was bothering you.
Other changes include the addition of two new effects (lens flare and stamp pattern), an improved grid layout for projects, tutorials and images, the ability to share through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, a new shortcut to access the last five colors you’ve used, and your usual round of unknown bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements.
Photoshop Touch has blossomed into a great mobile rendition of the world’s most popular and extensive image editing suite. It costs $10, but those who have used it says it’s a blissful experience as of late.
You might expect it to be lacking compared to the desktop suite, and while that assessment is true to some degree (some things just can’t be done right now) you’ll be surprised to see how deep the mobile offering is. You can grab it in the Google Play Store if you’re really serious about digital imagery, and be sure to let us know how you’re liking if you do decide to download it in the comments section below.
You often see commercials on TV depicting the price of certain items or services . They then close with something you can’t put a price on and say “Priceless.” I can tell you from experience that one of the major “Priceless ” things in my life that I would pay almost anything for are my lost disposable wedding cameras. My wife and I are heartbroken by the fact that they are missing. I thought she collected them and bagged them. She thought that I did the same. Then we come back from our honeymoon and the bag we thought they were in was a bag of trash. Obviously the bags got switched and our cameras are more than likely gone forever. What a shame.
Google has acquired targeted marketing firm Incentive Targeting today, and, yes, this one is for real. The specific of the deal have not been confirmed, but has been confirmed by both sides. Incentive Targeting provides focused marketing efforts and coupon campaigns for the grocery and consumer products industries, much the same way that Google offers targeted ads online.
The acquisition is expected to help Google run targeted coupon programs for retailers and physical goods, likely using their Wallet service as the base. It is not unlikely that the whole thing could be rolled into Google Offers to provide a more robust system of deals catered to the individual user based on things such as preferences and location.
A statement from Google reads:
“We look forward to working with Incentive Targeting in our ongoing efforts to help consumers save time and money and enable retailers deliver relevant discounts to the right customers.”
Incentive Targeting has raised $4.4 million in funding. The exact price Google paid to acquire the startup has not been disclosed.
Being known as “The Mule” was no surprise to Tony. He was aware of his hardheadedness but always went along his merry way in spite of it. While he was planning for his wedding, he insisted on amassing all kinds of items from his and Laura’s past to exhibit as the theme for their wedding decorations. He also insisted on storing them in his uncle’s gas station garage until the big day. I along with several others advised him to find a more suitable location, since the garage sat on a low spot next to the river. Well of course he refused. Four days after the final objects were delivered to the garage an extremely heavy rainfall occurred and six of us had to help him rescue everything from the overflowing river. Luckily, his uncle had a row boat available for the task.
Google Play Books gets better by the day, it seems, and now Google’s introduced even more functionality. Those of you who just can’t wait to throw your money at your favorite author before their novel is released can now do so. Google has announced the ability to pre-order books within the Play Store.
It’s straight forward, really: you buy the book like you would any other book or Play Store item, except you can’t access it until release date. We’re not sure how much value, if any, this adds to a particular user’s purchasing experience because we imagine there won’t be any sellout scenarios — it’s digital, after all.
But no matter: the functionality is there if you want it. Use it as a nice gesture toward an author you really love, or just pay a book off ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about digging into your wallet the day it launches.
I’m not quite sure if there is any pre-loading functionality as there are no books I’m personally willing to pre-order right now, but that would be a great incentive to dishing money out early. Who really wants to sit there and wait on a download to finish when you could be reading your heart out? Exactly. Well, if you find it to be a useful tool you can give it a shot by pre-ordering some of these upcoming titles.