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If you are a “selfie addict”, there is a high probability that you have, or are using an app called Snapchat. Even though the company has been doing more than well enough, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t leave it at that, right? Well, the short answer is a resounding NO. This past week, Snapchat-ers around the world received some very exciting news. For starters, the company is now called Snap Inc. But it doesn’t stop there.
The company has announced a new product called Spectacles – and it is quite exquisite.
As the name describes, Spectacles are, well, spectacles. Sunglasses to be precise. But its not the UV protection that makes this eyewear special. Believe it or not, Spectacles comes with an inbuilt wireless camera so that you can record all your favourite moments on-the-go. After working on the new wearable for a couple of years, Snap Inc is finally unveiling it to the world.
The video camera is fitted into the corner of the frame and is surrounded by a ring of tiny lights to notify you and others that you’re recording. A button in the left corner, beside the camera, initiates the recording which lasts for up to 10 seconds at a time. By tapping the button again, you can start another 10-second recording. The mini-videos or “Memories”, as Snapchat calls them, get stored in the Snapchat application on your Smartphone.
As the application is compatible with Android and iOS devices, Spectacles too can be connected to devices on both platforms. On Android, the one of a kind sunglasses connects via Wi-Fi only, while on iOS, it is can be connected via Bluetooth as well.
Memories are recorded through the 115 degree wide angle lens of the aforementioned camera and replicates the view from an actual human eye. When viewing the stored content, you will notice a “circular” format which plays the short video from the users point of view – literally. According to Snap Inc, Spectacles is estimated to last for a full day. The ring of lights also acts as a battery indicator, so that you know when your device needs charging. To charge the wearable, place the Spectacles in its case and connect it to a power source.
When it comes to pricing, Snap Inc looks to be targeting every smartphone user who loves to record their favourite moments. Spectacles comes with a very affordable price tag of $129.99. It will be available this autumn and will come in teal, black, and coral color options.
When it comes to innovation, Spectacles might not stand out as the first of its kind, but it definitely will catch more than a few eyes (no pun attended). The style, usability, and pricing of Spectacles make it a sure-shot winner in the wearable department and Snapchat users will find it a must-have accessory for capturing their daily dose of selfie-driven content. So, this autumn, will you be sporting one of the most talked about wearables in the market, or will you too busy creating Memories or your own on Spectacles?
You obtain a more stylish feel of your house interior with tiny changes and renovations. As an example, changing your interior doors makes a difference in improving your home decor.
You may want to find the methods of this home improvement. Interior design is changing, and there are a few tips to avoid expensive errors. Several improvements are required, but at least shades and shutters are modernized and often refreshed. Nobody likes to see filthy surfaces and items all over the place.
People come up with a detailed process for renovation, and they want to implement it. Beyond doubt, if you have several sparkling ideas of how to improve your living space, you’ll strive to achieve your personal objectives in this respect.
Due to the changes in interior design, the most gracious model have emerged. Most people tend to use the current design for their home decoration. It’s rather easy to find testimonials for home decor cost fewer ideas on so many designer websites online.
However, you need to think about how much to spend on interior design. If you earn enough, renovation can become expensive. If you are very tight on the expenses, you can make. Try the simple changes which bring innovative ideas. Being noticeable counts a big deal.
The main elements of home decor are just simple ones. All window blinds, curtains, and carpets should match with each other. Colors have to be pleasant, and they create design lines.
Picture a scenario of workspace with gray furniture, white walls, fluorescent lights and some office essentials, such as a desktop computer, pens, and paper. Sounds kind of bleak when you picture it in your head, doesn’t it? Now imagine a home with beige furniture, white walls, beige carpeting or white linoleum floors, and basic household necessities and appliances. Sounds like a rather drab place to live, doesn’t it?
Without interior design, these places will be dull and uninspiring. Such environments can raise your stress levels. Interior design significantly improves the appearance of the environment.
A coat of fresh paint is an inexpensive way to make a huge change in an office or home. Blue, green and warm brown tones can induce a sense of calm and focus in the room, or in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Yellows and creams work well in sunny bathrooms, and the kitchen can be anything you like! Adding long-life, inexpensive plants such as spider plants, corn plants, vines, ferns and other hardy species will add pops of greens to your spaces. It is medically proven that having plants in the home and office can improve the quality of the space so much that your stress levels drop dramatically. Even fake plants do the job–just remember to dust them periodically!
Make your living environment very welcoming, inspiring and comfortable–and you will feel much less stressed. Interior design is not as complicated as many people make it out to be. It can be if you wish, but it can also be simple, straightforward and inexpensive to create an excellent space for yourself, your family or your officemates. The current interior design changes have great importance in your home or office. Just make use of them.
Cryptolocker is a unique ransomware with a business model based on taking money from users. It mimics the police virus that usually asks you to pay a fine before you can access your files. However, as compared to this virus, cryptolocker hijacks your files and documents and asks you pay a ransom while giving you an allowance to pay. It normally applies social engineering techniques to confuse you into installing it.
It takes advantage of the windows default behavior to disguise the real extension of the bad file. The moment you run it, the malware goes memory resident on your computer and does the following.
· It starts two processes of itself to protect the main process from being terminated.
· It adds a key making it run whenever you start the computer.
· It saves itself in your user’s profile.
The rise of this software is a genuine threat that can easily lead to the infection of your machine. If you cannot manage it, your machine is likely to get infected and lose some data. Since most vendors are not able to protect your computer from this virus, you need to be very careful. Here are some prevention strategies that you can use
Manage network traffic
If you manage your network traffic, you can control this malware. Normally, flat networks are more likely to be affected by this virus. You need to properly zone your network so that you can only see and interact with the areas of the network that you should be interacting with.
Although this is often said, it’s surprising most people often ignore this approach of protecting their computers thinking that antivirus and firewall are enough to secure your environment. Unfortunately, this is not the case especially when cryptolocker strikes. This is why you need to place a lot of emphasis on the significance of having layers of protection. This should be part of your protection method.
Uses restricted interfaces
If you use restricted application, you will be better placed to prevent cryptolocker. For instance, if your browser is blocked through restricted interface, you tend to browse on your own machine and not through the corporations connection. This may help you limit the exposure.
Use HIPS and IPS
It’s advisable that you use advanced HIPS and IPS. This will help you prevent cryptolocker since interfaces that produce unusual traffic can easily be detected. This should also detect and prevent any traffic that is the norm.
You also need to be watchful and promote security awareness. You will realize that many users are not even aware of this malware and the potential threats that it has on machines. This will help you know the latest threats and attacks
Be careful about strange emails
You should also be wary of any emails that you do not know the senders and disable any hidden file extensions. This will help you recognize any attack. However, if your machine is infected but lack backup files do not pay any ransom. This will help limit the spread of this bad ransomware.
Introduced a few years back for the 2012 model year, the BMW X5 xDrive35i is an all-wheel drive SUV which offers owners a more engaging drive than most of the competition. Today it’s still one of the most technologically advanced SUV’s on the market, which also means that it’s one of the safest. Let’s take a look at exactly what BMW has to offer with the 35i.
3L Inline 6 Cylinder Engine producing 300HP @ 5,800RPM
5 Door SUV Configuration
16MPG City, 23MPG Highway
Was Released in 12 Colors, with 7 Interior Color Options
If you’re familiar with any of BMW’s SUVs then you will immediately feel at home with the looks of the BMW X5 xDrive35i. It’s a fairly unassuming car, even for its size, and it keeps the traditional BMW grill design with subtle angles across the bodywork. This vehicle gives off the typical BMW sense of class but doesn’t offer anything dazzlingly flashy. If you’re looking for a head turning SUV, this might not be the vehicle for you, however if you want understated elegance then the X5 xDrive35i could be your perfect SUV.
Who’s it For?
If you’re looking for a car based on fuel economy alone then you could do far better than the X5. Fuel economy is a tradeoff with any SUV, simply because they all weigh in on the heavier side. In saying that, 23MPG on the highway and 16MPG is not too bad of a compromise for something this size.
If you have a large or growing family then the X5 would make a lot of sense. It’s an all-purpose car, meaning that you could easily make the morning school run, and then use the X5 for business meetings throughout the day. You could even head out for dinner or drinks later in the night and the xDrive35i will look the part in every situation. It’s a serious car for discerning owners, and it offers some real driving performance to complement the practicality of a 5 door SUV.
How does it Perform?
The 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i will please owners who are used to sedans or even smaller sports cars. Taking some cues from the X5 M, the 35i gives real feedback and response. This is something that is going to be a selling point for many, and a turn off for others. SUV’s don’t typically try to offer a fully involved driving experience. The trend in the industry is to make these vehicles almost too easy to drive. Be warned that BMW hasn’t taken this approach.
You can have some fun driving it, and you will also have all of the benefits of state of the art technology like corner breaking, and even electronic torque vectoring. All of the electronics aim to keep the car firmly planted on the road in any driving condition, and they do a fantastic job.
All of the Extras
The interior follows typical BMW standards with plush and supportive seats, luxury trim, and high end electronics like the integrated Google search and social networking systems. Gadget lovers will be very pleased with all of the extra bells and whistles in the BMW X5 xDrive35i
Overall it’s an impressive SUV that is still as much of a worthwhile purchase in 2015 as it was when it was first released. Average MPG figures are compensated for with a fun and involved driving experience, advanced electronic safety features, and a luxurious and well equipped interior cabin.
You might think you have no preference on what you do when you’re out running. The truth is that when you’re entertained, you can run faster and harder, without realizing just how much you’ve done. This will allow you to accomplish more and to really impress yourself. It’s with that in mind that you’ll want to consider the following five gadgets to make your running more enjoyable.
# 1 – Savfy Sports Stereo Wireless Music Bluetooth Headset
Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 technology, these headphones will allow you to play your favorite songs directly from up to two phones simultaneously. That means you can switch between music with ease as you head out on your run. They deliver superior audio quality and they will work for years to come. That makes this one of the best choices you’ll have for a headset while running. Savfy Mobile Accessories have grown immensely in popularity over the past few years, becoming a top seller on both Amazon and eBay for creative gadgets that can be used during indoor and outdoor activities.
# 2 – Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS & HRM Watch
This smart watch will help you to more effectively use your time outside. It can help you to monitor your heartrate to ensure you remain at an optimum speed at all times. It will also store your activity and let you review up to 200 hours of performance and stats at any given time. This includes pacing, distance, and it’ll give you race predictions. That makes this the ideal choice for runners.
# 3 – Zensah Compression Knee Sleeve
Knee pain is often a concern for people when they are running. The reason is this activity is incredible hard on your knees. The Zensah compression knee sleeve helps to improve circulation, while preventing chaffing and injury as you run. This is the idea choice for those who are racing, training, and those who want to cut down the healing time they require after a major event.
# 4 – Nike Evolution Forearm Sleeve
When you’re running, you want to keep as little on your body as possible. So bulky shorts with pockets isn’t an option. The Nike Evolution Forearm Sleeve slides over your arm. On it, you have a secure spot to lock in your phone. You can combine it then with Bluetooth earphone and have the chance to run and to listen to all of your favorite music at the same time.
# 5 – Nathan Mirage Pack
For a small, non-intrusive pack to carry items, you’ll want to consider the Nathan Mirage Pack. In it, you can carry all your running essentials with ease. The design provides you better safety and is large enough to carry money, IDs, cellphones, and other small essentials that you might need while you’re out running. All without having to worry about these items falling out of your pocket. This will give you some peace of mind and allow you to focus on the run ahead instead.
From helping you to get lost in the moment with technology, to providing a secure space to carry items for peace of mind. These five items are essential tools for all runners to have. Take a moment to review each option today and find the ones that will best suit your needs.
Entry level luxury cars are not a new concept. For years the top European, Japanese, and American manufacturers have tried to provide elegance, comfort, leading design, and competitive performance in packages that are not fiscally out of reach.
The difference today is that the actual luxury you can get in an entry level model is on a level that cars from 20 or even 15 years ago just couldn’t compete with. Due to manufacturing efficiency, entry level luxury cars don’t have to ‘cut corners’ like they used to.
A perfect example of this is the Mercedes Benz C300
The 2015 C300 is a master class in what an entry level luxury car should be. The Avant Garde interior, luxurious and quality trim, full featured navigation package, and bold exterior styling mean that the C300 is no longer just a Mercedes that more people can afford, but it is essentially a stripped down S-Class that still has the ability to turn heads and most importantly, make the driver smile.
Some might find it hard to believe that a C-Class Mercedes can approach the levels of its big brother. But consider this; the interior features the very same power seat and window configuration as the S-Class, the leather on the upholstery is above anything else in its price bracket, and there’s even the option to install the S-Class perfume sprayer for that luxury scent every time the car is driven. The C300 is head and shoulders above anything that Audi or BMW are doing. Put simply, it looks and feels just as a Mercedes Benz is supposed to.
Luxury cars have always meant luxury level performance, but now that the entry level European cars have to compete with some very potent Japanese competition, more attention than ever is being put towards the driving experience. The C300 is as much a luxury car as it is a powerful sports sedan.
The inline 4 cylinder engine is turbocharged to provide optimal performance without sacrificing efficiency. The 2L engine produces almost 250 horsepower, but more importantly it develops 273 lb-ft of torque at 1300rpm. Producing this much torque at the bottom end of the rev range means that the power is instantly accessible. Pick-up from any speed will never be a problem, allowing the C300 to feel like a much more powerful vehicle.
Special attention has been paid to the handling characteristics too. A luxury car should be comfortable for commuting and long haul journeys, but that doesn’t mean that owners don’t want to have some fun now and again. The Sport+ Air Suspension option provides an active suspension with comfort and sport modes, but even without the option the car is a cut above average ride quality.
The C300 is one of the best entry level luxury sedans on the market right now, and many would argue that it is the best. Whether it’s ‘affordable’ luxury or not, is a subjective issue. Quality used models, including those as late as 2012/13 can be had for less than $29,000, and a brand new 2015 model goes for a list price of only $10,000 more.
At these prices and with the level of quality that Mercedes is putting in to the C300, it looks set to take the fight to Audi and BMW for the all-important entry level top spot.