Archive for October 2013

Nikon D600 Marked As Discontinued

<Nikon D5300 Discountp>Back in 2012, Nikon announced the D600 DSLR camera but it looks like a little over a year later, the camera manufacturer has decided to discontinue the device. This is according to a listing on B&H which states that the camera has since been discontinued by the manufacturer, meaning that photographers who are thinking about getting their hands on the device will no longer be able to. Of course there will still be some stock left and should be available through a variety of retailers, although like we said since it has been discontinued, whatever stock is left is pretty much all there is. Photographers who wish to get their hands on the Nikon D600 will probably have to act quickly just in case their local retailers run out stock.

The reason for the discontinuation of the D600 is due to the release of the Nikon D610 which was announced earlier this month. The innards of the D610 is expected to be similar to the D600, although the changes made were to its shutter mechanism which was reportedly improved, and quiet, continuous shooting options, higher FPS rate, and improved white balance. Given that the camera's release is in October, we guess it makes sense for Nikon to discontinue the Nikon D600 lest it ends up competing with the newer model or confuses customers.


Source: Ubergizmo
Monday, October 28, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Nikon Unveils D5300 DSLR With WiFi, GPS

By Greg Tarr On Oct 17 2013 - 10:59am


Nikon's Nikon D5300 Cheap ($799 body only) is the company's first DSLR to incorporate WiFi and GPS geotagging.

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Thursday its D5300 D-SLR, offering an enhanced 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a Nikon-first built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The company also added an AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens prime lens.

Nikon's D5300, which will be available in October for a $799.95 (body only) suggested retail price or $1,399.95 for a kit including the camera and an AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens , is the company's first D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functionality to provide instant photo sharing with smartphones or tablets, and to enable geotagging images.

The camera incorporates a 24.2-megapizel DX-format CMOS sensor and is features a compact, lightweight ergonomically body design.

Other key features include a 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD display; a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors; 5 fps continuous shooting, FullHD 1080p video capture with built-in stereo microphone; intuitive scene recognition and a variety of image efects and in-camera editing tools.

The D5300 will be available in a choice of black, red and gray body colors.

The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens, which will be available in October for a $1,699.95 suggested retail price, will accommodate both FX and DX format cameras offering high quality low-light shooting performance.

Nikon said the unusual 58mm focal length is ideal for portraits, landscapes and street photography.


Source: Twice
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Nikon Unveils D5300 DSLR With WiFi, GPS

By Greg Tarr On Oct 17 2013 - 10:59am


Nikon's Nikon D5300 Cyber Monday Deal ($799 body only) is the company's first DSLR to incorporate WiFi and GPS geotagging.

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Thursday its D5300 D-SLR, offering an enhanced 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a Nikon-first built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The company also added an AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens prime lens.

Nikon's D5300, which will be available in October for a $799.95 (body only) suggested retail price or $1,399.95 for a kit including the camera and an AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens , is the company's first D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functionality to provide instant photo sharing with smartphones or tablets, and to enable geotagging images.

The camera incorporates a 24.2-megapizel DX-format CMOS sensor and is features a compact, lightweight ergonomically body design.

Other key features include a 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD display; a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors; 5 fps continuous shooting, FullHD 1080p video capture with built-in stereo microphone; intuitive scene recognition and a variety of image efects and in-camera editing tools.

The D5300 will be available in a choice of black, red and gray body colors.

The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens, which will be available in October for a $1,699.95 suggested retail price, will accommodate both FX and DX format cameras offering high quality low-light shooting performance.

Nikon said the unusual 58mm focal length is ideal for portraits, landscapes and street photography.


Source: Twice
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Capture, Create, Connect: The Nikon D5300 D-SLR Lets Photographers Do It All With Confidence

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D5300. Offering the benefits of SLR performance with the versatility of wireless connectivity, the D5300 allows users to easily capture and share amazing images and videos. Though compact and lightweight, the Nikon D5300 packs an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi 1. Users now have the power to take both frame-worthy and share-worthy photos and HD videos with one device no matter where they are.

"With the Nikon D5300, we are continuing our commitment to delivering unparalleled performance and image quality while addressing the importance of staying connected and sharing images with ease," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "By answering the need to share high quality photos, the Nikon D5300 allows photographers to capture their memories in astounding clarity and share them with family and friends moments after they happen."

Advanced Performance for When it Matters Most
Making memorable moments even better, the Nikon D5300 offers stunning image quality with sharp, crisp detail to preserve life's precious memories. The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). From planned family portraits to candid moments, the D5300 has the performance, along with easy and intuitive features, to help users capture photos confidently, including:

  • Amazing Low Light Performance For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing Nikon's most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it's a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System Nikon's quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300's 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.

Share Like Never Before
The D5300 is Nikon's first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user's smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. From a winning touchdown to a surprise proposal, friends and family can now see these important moments clearly captured right after they happen. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

Features for Creativity and Versatility
Compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), the Nikon D5300 can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use. In addition to being able to capture amazing images anywhere, the D5300 is also packed with additional features to promote creativity and versatility, including:

  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture "selfies" at an arm's length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon's legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. To complement consumers' preferences, the Nikon D5300 will be available in Black, Red and Gray. For more information on the new Nikon D5300 and other Nikon products, please visit Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in www.nikonusa.com.



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Source: Broadwayworld
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Nikon Unveils D5300 DSLR With WiFi, GPS

By Greg Tarr On Oct 17 2013 - 10:59am


Nikon's Nikon D5300 Cheap ($799 body only) is the company's first DSLR to incorporate WiFi and GPS geotagging.

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Thursday its D5300 D-SLR, offering an enhanced 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a Nikon-first built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The company also added an AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens prime lens.

Nikon's D5300, which will be available in October for a $799.95 (body only) suggested retail price or $1,399.95 for a kit including the camera and an AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens , is the company's first D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functionality to provide instant photo sharing with smartphones or tablets, and to enable geotagging images.

The camera incorporates a 24.2-megapizel DX-format CMOS sensor and is features a compact, lightweight ergonomically body design.

Other key features include a 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD display; a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors; 5 fps continuous shooting, FullHD 1080p video capture with built-in stereo microphone; intuitive scene recognition and a variety of image efects and in-camera editing tools.

The D5300 will be available in a choice of black, red and gray body colors.

The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens, which will be available in October for a $1,699.95 suggested retail price, will accommodate both FX and DX format cameras offering high quality low-light shooting performance.

Nikon said the unusual 58mm focal length is ideal for portraits, landscapes and street photography.


Source: Twice
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Top 5 Halloween Costumes Ideas for Toddlers

Halloween is around the corner and everyone is excited to get new and unique costumes for this year's celebration. Grown up children often have their own ideas on how to dress up for Halloween, but it can be a little tricky job to come up with good and comfortable costumes for your toddler.

There are few factors that have to be considered while selecting a costume for toddlers like their safety, comfort and easiness. If you have a costume in mind, that is brilliant, but if you don't have an idea yet, here are some cool ones!

Animal Costumes

When it comes down to deciding a costume for toddlers, animal costumes always gets the first preference, because toddlers are quite fascinated by the animals. There are plenty of options in this segment; for example, you can dress up your baby as a puppy, kitten, lion, tiger, elephant, monkey or even bear. These costumes are beautiful and adorable; as these are the common costumes, they can be found easily in any local costume store. If you intend to save money this Halloween, making such outfits at home might not be a bad idea either.

Fairytale Characters

The characters from story books and fairytale interest almost every child. Then, why not dress up your toddler in a story book character. Snow white costume, a fairy princess and many other similar choices might fall your way.

Superhero at Rescue

Those who wish that their cute little boys get the limelight can dress them up in a superhero costume. Superman, Batman, and Spiderman are the perfect costume options. You can also consider the star wars costume. These costumes will make your baby look cuter than ever, and it'll certainly fascinate them at the same time.

Home made Costumes

If you are trying to save money, then one best option can be dressing up your toddler as a ghost or any such character from television. Such costumes can be made easily at home without much effort. For the costume, you just need a sweat outfit and little bit of paint, but make sure that you don't come up with something scary and horrifying as little kids get scared easy halloween costumes for boys. So, keep it low and good.

Cartoon Characters

Another good option is to dress up your little girl as mini mouse or tinker bell. This will definitely get your girl a lot of "OMG so pretty" and "oh so cute baby" comments.

Dress Her Up as Butterfly!

You can also consider dressing up your toddler girl as a butterfly or a lady bug. Those who want to go for cartoon character costumes for their little boys can opt for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other similar outfits.


Source: Vpsrvr
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

How Welsh rugby fan fashion has changed over the ages

As the Welsh rugby team prepares to unveil its new kit, Robin Turner looks at how fashion on the terraces has changed over the years

Welsh supporters in Paris in 1989

From the flat capped, rattle toting, pipe smoking supporters of the past to the smart casual, team jersey emblazoned fans of today, what Welsh rugby's army face paint of followers are wearing has always provided something to talk about.

And with the launch of the Welsh rugby team's new kit today, supporters from Newport to North Wales will be wondering how they'll suit the new strip.

Welsh rugby chic has been a changeable beast, from the perfect Welsh flag dress worn by a stunning Shirley Bassey in the Millennium Stadium in 1999 to the peculiar modern fad for daffodil hats, face painting and fancy dress, you never know what's coming next.

In the 1950s and '60s, fans would "put on their best" before heading to the Arms Park.

Rugby mad acting genius Richard Burton took the (possibly misguided) decision to take his screen beauty wife Liz Taylor to a Wales v England game at Cardiff Arms Park in 1965 with the Port Talbot born star wearing what looked like an exaggerated football commentator's sheepskin coat on top of a white polo neck jumper while his equally famous beau turned up in a red headscarf and a black fur coat, only taking her dark glasses off to watch the match.

Whether Taylor was in red and black for Burton's beloved Aberavon RFC or Wales, we'll probably never know, but it was a game they would not forget.

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Burton's brother Graham Jenkins, who watched in an immaculate three-piece suit, later remembered it as "one of the worst experiences of a lack of crowd control that I have ever known."

He was referring to the problems Burton and Taylor had in getting through the star struck crowds.

They were eventually rescued by the Swansea-born Wales full-back Haydn Mainwaring, who cleared a path for them into the hotel kitchen where Burton discovered his expensive coat had been ripped, though, given its oversized fur collars, it's doubtful whether somebody was trying to steal it.

Bard of Glynneath Max Boyce tried to sum up the Welsh rugby fan in one outfit with his giant daffodil, oversized rosette, knitted red rugby jersey, large coat and, as all Welsh fans wore in the 1970s, that beaming smile.

The 1970s rugby fan however, was less fashion troubled than those in the past.

With Bowie, Bolan and co waving goodbye to the more traditional look of previous generations, fans started wearing Wales shirts tucked into their jeans, the 1970s boys with lank, caveman style hair, the girls with feather cuts.

The miners played their part in the '70s too, turning up for games in their work helmets which were fitted with cans of Allbright attached to flexible drinking tubes.

It was in the '80s that the wearing of team jerseys got a firm hold but there was a shock in store for the horizontally challenged.

The Welsh rugby jersey through the years

The 2003 Rugby World Cup saw perhaps the biggest change in design for rugby shirts when Clive Woodward and the scientists from Twickers introduced us to the skin tight rugby shirt, designed to make grasping a player's shirt more difficult.

It also made wearing them more difficult for the average fan who spent too long in Cardiff's Caroline Street...."Chip Alley".

Thankfully, the rugby jersey manufacturers were wise to the customers' pain and sports tops became the basis of a rugby themed casual clothing line promoted by the likes of Cotton Traders (founded by former England rugby captains Fran Cotton and Steve Smith), Eden Park (founded by two French ex-internationals and offering quirky Gavroche hats and stylish suits complete with rugby emblems) and New Zealand brand Canterbury.

Matt Allinson, of men's online fashion site Fashion Beans said: "Most updated rugby tops now feature a slimmer fit and come in an array of colours."

And his fashion advice for rugby jersey wearers is: "When it comes to choosing one, opt for high armholes, cut slim in the sides and colours that either work tonally or complement each other.

"Layer it over an Oxford cloth shirt with some jeans. Use it under your denim jacket for some nice texture contrast. Or simply just wear it by itself with a pair of tweed trousers and loafers. The more you experiment, the more versatile you'll find it to be."

The 1990s ushered in the era of Cool Cymru thanks to a host of pioneering bands like the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, 60ft Dolls and, of course,

Catatonia, whose lead singer Cerys Matthews loved nothing more than to be seen in a Welsh rugby top.

It was a time when supporters celebrated where they came from and rugby shirts with "Valleys Girl" on the back started to be seen.

Earlier this year, for Wales' ultimately victorious Six Nations showdown against England, the Welsh Rugby Union called on fans across the country to create a "sea of red" as extra inspiration for the Welsh dragons on the pitch.

And it seemed to work.

Blockbusting wing George North said of the campaign: "Everyone talks about the positive impact the crowd can have on the pitch because it is true.

"It makes such a difference the players to be able to hear your home fans in full voice on a match day.

"We know going into every game that we have hundreds of thousands of fans behind us, we know we have the best fans in the world game in Wales.

"Looking up to a sea of red in the stands on Saturday or catching site of the good luck messages sent to us via social media or from our friends and family is an inspiration."

WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said at the time: "This display of red unity from our fans, will show the world just why it is so wonderful to be Welsh."


Source: Walesonline
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Kiditude(r) Adds Hashtag T-Shirts to Its Wholesale Line of Rock Baby Clothes in Time for Holiday Shopping

Kiditude.com builds further upon its popular rock baby clothes business with the addition of hashtag onesies. In time for holiday shopping, Kiditude's wholesale clients and retail customers will choose from many, new, trending designs in fresh colors and a larger selection of sizes.

Aberdeen, NJ (PRWEB) October 16, 2013

Kiditude ®, announces the addition of new rock, punk, biker and novelty #hashtag onesies and t-shirts for babies, toddlers, kids and teens.

Originally, a reseller of rock baby clothes, the company has grown to offer more bands in a vast range of sizes as well as produce it's own designs. The brand's past staple items included the parody, " Ipood / Change Me," onesie for babies in white, black, pink and baby blue. Later, came the rock infused, "AB/CD For Those About to Walk," baby one piece bodysuit and toddler t-shirt. Sizes range from 6 months to 2T in multiple colors.

This past summer saw the introduction of Kiditude's "Future Series". The line consists of funny baby, toddler and kids sized clothing declaring the child is the Future Guitarist, Drummer, Rock Star or Biker. Sizing is newborn to 5 years. Plans for additional designs are in progress.

The current Fall line, introduces Kiditude's newest "Social Series". "Hashtags are all the rage right now and the biggest joke lately is the battle over whether the symbol is called a hash tag or a number sign," said Laura Brown, Owner. Kiditude has a dozen hash tag designs including, #cutebaby, #monkey, #pumpkin, #followme, #monster, #princess, #coolkid, #rockstar, #gamer, #angel face designs, #beautiful and #boss. Sizes for the social series range from infant to 18 years. A customer contest will decide the new hash tags to be released in the series. "Our customers know what they want, we want to give them exactly that," asserted Brown.

Kiditude did not forget where it came from and why their customers come back. To appeal to even more shoppers, Kiditude expanded its selection of punk and rock baby clothes. They feature classic rock and rock n roll bands like AC/DC, the Beatles, Guns n Roses and Led Zeppelin among others. A consumer can also find popular punk bands including the Ramones, Misfits and Black Flag. Rockabilly represents with Johnny Cash. Heavy metal fans shop for Metallica, Pantera and Slayer. Clothing is available in baby, toddler, kids and teens sizing ranging from newborn to 18 years. Some items are available in adult sizes.

Popular brands like Harley Davidson, Disney, Minecraft, Lego Chima and Ninjago, Star Wars and superheroes including Batman, Robin, Superman and Supergirl were included in the 2013 lineup. More character garments are scheduled for 2014.

Kiditude's accessory line now includes a larger selection of fashion and winter hats for newborn through adult. Our hats include novelty tattoo and skull patterns for infants, fun guitar knit hats for our toddlers, headphones earmuffs for kids, and Minecraft and superheros beanies for our gamers, teens and adults.

The footwear selection once crib shoes and booties now includes novelty socks for infants, toddlers, kids and teens including mustache socks, skull flip flops, tattoo sneakers, fur lined booties and guitar crib shoes to name a few.

Cool baby bibs, expression pacifiers, receiving and stroller blankets, rock and country lullaby music CDs and cool kids accessories round out the gift giving and purchasing.

Kiditude national and International toll free numbers allows customers to receive assistance via one-on-one over the phone. The Kiditude.com contact us page offers gift givers assistance via email. The Kiditude Blog is a fun read with funny pictures and provides useful information for purchasers on sizing, clothing and accessory care, baby shower etiquette, new products and trends.

Kiditude has gift-wrapping services and gift message cards. For gift buyers who still aren't sure what to get that special someone, Kiditude sells gift certificates in any denomination starting at $25.

International purchasers benefit from the currency converter on the website. Kiditude offers multiple shipping carriers with low cost standard shipping, express shipping and orders over $75 ship free within the USA.

Kiditude encourages customers to "Like" Kiditude on Facebook and "Follow Us" on Twitter. Facebook and Twitter are where customers receive valuable coupon codes, customer product reviews and new product announcements.

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Kiditude.com, provider of cool apparel for kids with attitude has offices in New Jersey. Kiditude's special collection includes rock onesies and funny t-shirts for babies and toddlers, punk baby clothes and unique baby shower gifts.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet: To protect and to serve

OtterBox has been making protective 5s iphone cases otterbox black uggs since 1998, making the company the great-granddaddy of the entire huge smartphone/tablet case market. The company announced a new member of the family yesterday, introducing the Commuter Series Wallet (US$44.95) for the iPhone 5/5s.

We've been seeing a lot of different wallet cases lately, many of which are more wallet (think leather) than protective case. OtterBox has taken the protection of the Commuter Series cases and merged it with a slide-out drawer-like back that can hold up to three credit or ID cards and one folded bill.

Like the other members of the Commuter Series, the Wallet wraps your iPhone 5 or 5s in rubbery silicone that is then surrounded by a tough polycarbonate shell. The screen is covered with a stick-on screen protector (it leaves space for the Touch ID-enabled home button of the iPhone 5s), so your preciousss is going to be in good hands while living in the Commuter Series Wallet.

There's a silicone door that covers the Lightning port, another one that covers the headphone jack, and soft buttons that cover the volume toggle and power switch. Installing the case is a piece of cake, although it takes some muscle to take it back off.

Once the case is on your iPhone 5, you can rest assured that whatever you put into the wallet "drawer" is going to stay put. It makes an audible "click" when shut, and requires a bit of pressure to open. I can verify that two credit cards and a driver's license fit into the case snugly, but I had no cash with which to check out the "one folded bill" claim...

If there's one negative I can find with the Commuter Series Wallet, it's that it's somewhat difficult to get cards out -- a small ramp on the bottom edge of the drawer would have made it a bit easier to slide cards out. As it is, you have to kind of pick them out with your fingers.

The Commuter Series Wallet is available now from OtterBox in black and glacier (white hard shell with gray silicone), and will soon be available in primrose (pinkish hard shell with light gray silicone). The case weighs just 2.0 ounces (56.7 grams), not bad considering the level of protection it provides. Unsurprisingly, it's a little thick at .71 inches (1.8 cm), but when you consider that the case can eliminate the need to carry a separate wallet, that's not a real issue.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the Commuter Series Wallet Case, and then read on for a chance to win one of these cases.

Conclusion

With the Commuter Series Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, OtterBox has entered the case wallet market with a bang. The case provides the excellent drop protection that the company's line is known for, and provides a convenient and secure way to carry an ID card and some credit cards.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced for a high-quality protective product
  • Very lightweight
  • Positive feedback on the drawer mechanism insures that your cards remain safely stowed
  • Excellent build quality
Cons

    It would be nice if the cards could just slide out with pressure from a thumb; as it is, they must be picked out of the drawer one by one.
Who is it for?

    The iPhone 5/5s owner who is looking both for the protection of one of OtterBox's Commuter Series cases and the convenience of not having to carry a separate wallet

Giveaway

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
  • The entry must be made before October 8, 2013 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected and will receive an OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet valued at $44.95
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Source: Tuaw
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet: To protect and to serve

OtterBox has been making protective 5s iphone cases otterbox military camo netting since 1998, making the company the great-granddaddy of the entire huge smartphone/tablet case market. The company announced a new member of the family yesterday, introducing the Commuter Series Wallet (US$44.95) for the iPhone 5/5s.

We've been seeing a lot of different wallet cases lately, many of which are more wallet (think leather) than protective case. OtterBox has taken the protection of the Commuter Series cases and merged it with a slide-out drawer-like back that can hold up to three credit or ID cards and one folded bill.

Like the other members of the Commuter Series, the Wallet wraps your iPhone 5 or 5s in rubbery silicone that is then surrounded by a tough polycarbonate shell. The screen is covered with a stick-on screen protector (it leaves space for the Touch ID-enabled home button of the iPhone 5s), so your preciousss is going to be in good hands while living in the Commuter Series Wallet.

There's a silicone door that covers the Lightning port, another one that covers the headphone jack, and soft buttons that cover the volume toggle and power switch. Installing the case is a piece of cake, although it takes some muscle to take it back off.

Once the case is on your iPhone 5, you can rest assured that whatever you put into the wallet "drawer" is going to stay put. It makes an audible "click" when shut, and requires a bit of pressure to open. I can verify that two credit cards and a driver's license fit into the case snugly, but I had no cash with which to check out the "one folded bill" claim...

If there's one negative I can find with the Commuter Series Wallet, it's that it's somewhat difficult to get cards out -- a small ramp on the bottom edge of the drawer would have made it a bit easier to slide cards out. As it is, you have to kind of pick them out with your fingers.

The Commuter Series Wallet is available now from OtterBox in black and glacier (white hard shell with gray silicone), and will soon be available in primrose (pinkish hard shell with light gray silicone). The case weighs just 2.0 ounces (56.7 grams), not bad considering the level of protection it provides. Unsurprisingly, it's a little thick at .71 inches (1.8 cm), but when you consider that the case can eliminate the need to carry a separate wallet, that's not a real issue.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the Commuter Series Wallet Case, and then read on for a chance to win one of these cases.

Conclusion

With the Commuter Series Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, OtterBox has entered the case wallet market with a bang. The case provides the excellent drop protection that the company's line is known for, and provides a convenient and secure way to carry an ID card and some credit cards.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced for a high-quality protective product
  • Very lightweight
  • Positive feedback on the drawer mechanism insures that your cards remain safely stowed
  • Excellent build quality
Cons

    It would be nice if the cards could just slide out with pressure from a thumb; as it is, they must be picked out of the drawer one by one.
Who is it for?

    The iPhone 5/5s owner who is looking both for the protection of one of OtterBox's Commuter Series cases and the convenience of not having to carry a separate wallet

Giveaway

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
  • The entry must be made before October 8, 2013 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected and will receive an OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet valued at $44.95
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Source: Tuaw
Monday, October 14, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

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The specialist search and rescue unit will learn how to move or release overweight members of the public following a rise in calls

A new team of firefighters is being trained to rescue obese people.

The specialist search and rescue unit will learn how to move or release overweight members of the public following a rise in calls.

The unit will also be trained to deal with a range of other complex and challenging emergencies, including collapsed buildings.

Figures reveal a rise in incidents where firefighters are called by paramedics to help lift, move or release obese men and women - which are classed as 'bariatric rescues'.

There were 23 bariatric rescues in 2011, up from 22 in 2010 and 19 in 2009 - and fire service bosses say 5s iphone cases rescue animals now continue to increase.

The new Technical Response Unit (TRU) is made up of 54 firefighters, with an on-call team available for national and international incidents.

Intensive training in specialist skills has started, including techniques used to free or move obese people. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the unit would provide a 'specialist response' across Greater Manchester while still being available for day-to-day emergencies including fires and road traffic collisions.

Warren Pickstone, the fire service's head of resilience and planning, said bariatric rescues were increasing in line with national obesity levels.

NHS figures suggest 24 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women are now classed as obese.

The figures represent a sharp rise as in 1993, just 13 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women were classed as clinically overweight.

Mr Pickstone said: "Bariatric rescues can be complex and difficult and they must be done with sensitivity. It can be hard to move a person who is large and we have to use certain techniques

"Sometimes we have to support staircases to take additional weight and they can be time consuming, but so can other types of rescue.

"The training is not just for bariatric rescues. It can be for a host of other incidents. The skills the firefighters have will enable them to be adaptable.

"The bariatric rescues are low compared to other technical incidents that we attend."

Bosses said the brigade was dealing with more specialist incidents - like bariatric rescues, terrorist threats, rescues from height, collapsed buildings, body recoveries and trench rescues - than ever before.

Group manager Jim Hutton, who is leading the project, said: "The TRU will ensure we're giving the best possible protection to our firefighters and the people of Greater Manchester."

Two specialist vehicles will be manned from the team based at Ashton and Leigh fire stations.

Mr Hutton added: "The locations provide wide geographical cover with the ability to reach any part of the county within 25 minutes.

"This capability will be implemented with minimum cost - proving a greater service and increased public value."

The figures for bariatric rescues - revealed in the M.E.N. after a request under the Freedom of Information Act, showed more took place in Wigan than in any other area of Greater Manchester, followed by north Manchester, Tameside, Oldham and Rochdale.

During 2011-12, there were 11,736 hospital admissions due to obesity - a marked increase over the past 10 years.

And in June, it was reported that doctors in England and Wales have seen a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for conditions linked to obesity.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
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iPhone 5s Bending In People's Pockets | Cult of Mac

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Back when the iPhone 5 first came out, there were a surprising number of reports of people whose iPhones suddenly bent themselves. This did not seem to be an issue with accidental damage en masse: most of the people who reported the issue noted that their iPhones bent back at the volume button, and hadn't been kept in a back pocket or sat on.

It seems with the iPhone 5s, this mysterious predilection towards bending has returned.

Over at French site Nowherelse.fr, our good friend Steve Hemmerstoffer points out that bent iPhone 5s devices already seem to be popping up. And boy, are they bent.

On one hand, you'd expect for the iPhone 5s - which shares the same chassis as the iPhone 5 - to have the same structural issues as its predecessor. But this is a big structural fault to leave unfixed between two generations. Even if you do keep your iPhone in your back pocket and sit on it regularly, an iPhone made out of metal and glass folding in on itself like a bent boner is an engineering issue.

Has your iPhone 5s bent in your pocket since you purchased it? Let us know in the comments.

John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his girlfriend and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Case Protects Your iPhone

If you're anything like me, you always have your smartphone with you. I always have a fear of losing something in my pocket, especially my car keys, so it drives me crazy to have a lot of things stuffed inside the pockets of my jeans. If you like to go a bit more minimalist and don't want to have to carry your smartphone and your wallet, OtterBox has a new case that you might appreciate.

The case is called the Commuter Series Wallet and is available for the iPhone 5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4. This certainly isn't the first case on the market to offer wallet capability, but it does look like OtterBox's offering will hold more than a lot of other 5s iphone cases otterbox vs lifeproof on the market. OtterBox is also well-known for making cases that actually protects your phone in the event of a drop.

Rather than having slots, this smartphone case has a sliding drawer on the back that appears to be approximately a quarter of an inch deep. You can cram credit cards, driver's license, and cash inside the wallet drawer and have them with you at all times. The only downside I see is that the case is rather thick and might not fit in your pocket if you're the sort who wears skinny jeans.

The Commuter Series Wallet is available now from OtterBox for $44.95(USD).


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Monday, October 7, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Payment Processing Errors at Weis Markets

<spmp>If you've shopped at any Weis Markets recently and used a debit card, you better check your statements.

When Donna Bixler of Montoursville made her weekly grocery shopping trip to Weis Markets on Saturday, she did not notice anything out of the ordinary...at first.

"The next day I was just checking my account and I saw there were two pending processing coming in. I looked at it and it was double," Bixler said.

In other words, instead of paying 36.99 for what she bought, Bixler was charged double-$73.98.

"And then a friend started telling me he got debited six times for $102.00 plus," Bixler said.

According to a statement from Weis Markets, almost 5,000 people were charged multiple times while shopping at Weis Markets stores on Saturday between five and midnight. A spokesperson for Weis Markets says the company's payments processor, First Data, experienced a technical error.

A representative from First Data says, "It occurred due to an outage we experienced, and our back-up system in place for Weis Markets did not operate as designed."

Bixler recently got her money back, but says the situation made her nervous. She said, "It's so hard with the debit cards nowadays, you have to be careful."

Customers got a voice message from Weis Markets Wednesday evening, which said, "At no time was your confidential financial information compromised."

If you believe you were affected by this technical error, you are encouraged to call First Data at 1-800-511-1450.


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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 5S Still Out Of Stock In Many Areas

Demand for apple 5s iphone cases otterbox red defender Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5S remains strong, with many stores still not having enough stock.

When Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) reports its September quarter results next month, one of the key things analysts will be paying close attention to is iPhone sales. According to analyst Chris Whitmore, demand for the iPhone 5S remains strong as stores in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are having trouble keeping it in stock.

iPhone 5S demand going strong

He issued a note to investors with highlights from his most recent channel checks for Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s two new iPhones. They have been on sale for a little over a week, and he said that 80 to 90 percent of the stores he checked in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia were out of stock of the iPhone 5S. He also notes that online ordering for most iPhone 5S models shows wait times of three weeks or more.

Supply of the iPhone 5C, however, is no problem at all as there appears to be plenty of those models available for purchase.

Apple could see a lift next quarter

While some remain concerned about the availability of the iPhone 5S, Whitmore believes this will lift Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s earnings results for the December quarter. In addition, he estimates that both the iPhone 5S and 5C offer better margins, so Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) should see its gross margins improve as well. According to his estimations, the iPhone 5S will contribute about 1 point of additional margin, while the iPhone 5C will contribute about 50 basis points of margin.

He expects that the two new handsets will be immediately accretive to Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL)'s corporate margins and probably even improve as time goes on, thanks to ramps in volume and improvements in supply chain efficiency.

He notes that with new iPad models expected in October, Apple Inc. ( NASDAQ:AAPL) could deliver a very strong holiday quarter. Whitmore maintained his above-consensus estimates of $44.63 per share in earnings for fiscal year 2014, compared to the Wall Street consensus of $43.09 per share.


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Posted by Adam Edelstein

Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C handsets can now access O2's 4G network

BUBBLY MOBILE OPERATOR O2's 4G network is now available on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, despite speculation that it might not be enabled until November.

O2 said on Monday that customers who picked up the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C on its network can now enable 4G services. To enable the high-speed LTE connectivity, users will have to update the phones' carrier settings, which O2 explained can be done through iTunes or over the air.

An O2 spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "O2 4G is now available on iPhone 5s and 5c. Customers can receive 4G once they do a carrier settings update as long as they have a 4G tariff and are in a 4G signal area."

At preset, O2's 4G network covers London, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Sheffield, and Nottingham, with Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh to follow by the end of the year.

It's still unclear why O2 didn't offer 4G with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C when the handsets went on sale in the UK. However, The INQUIRER has heard from industry sources that O2 didn't complete its LTE testing in time, which seemingly it has only just recently completed.

While O2 has not commented on the delay, it will compensate customers who haven't been able to access 4G on their shiny new iPhones, offering £5 credits towards their next phone bills.

This announcement from O2 leaves Three as the only UK mobile operator not to offer the apple 5s iphone cases speck underwood's new iPhones with 4G LTE connectivity. However, when the mobile network switches on its 4G services in the fourth quarter, Three will roll out the high-speed LTE connectivity to all of its users for free. µ


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