England may be out of the World Cup, but fear not, Wimbledon’s only just begun and Andy Murray, last year’s hero, returns to the Wimbledon’s centre court to defend his title. We don’t have to pretend we’re still interested in the football without a UK team to back; we can simply switch our affections and our TV viewing to tennis and get behind our beloved Murray.
Obviously, there’s no sure thing when it comes to tennis, but Betfair and other betting sites certainly seem to suggest that Murray is in with a pretty good chance of retaining his crown. He’s second favourite on Betfair, just behind Novak Djokovic, while the other top contenders for the Men’s Singles Championships are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. You can get odds at www.betfair.com if you want to place a bet on your favourite player before the first week is over.
Although the majority of the British public would like to see Murray win again, a victory for Roger Federer would be a record-breaker. Federer has won the most Wimbledon titles in history – along with Pete Sampras. Both players have won seven Men’s Singles titles at Wimbledon, the only of the four tennis majors to be played on grass. If Federer wins again this year, he will stand alone as the only player to have won Wimbledon eight times. Federer’s already become father to a second set of twins this year and breaking his own Wimbledon record could be the icing on the cake for the Swiss star.
However, just because Federer and Murray’s potential victories might be more sentimentally pleasing for the crowds, there’s no reason to think that Djokovic and Nadal can’t see victory this year. Djokovic has dominated the international tennis scene for a number of years now, but only has one Wimbledon title. Nadal, on the other hand, recently won the French Open for the ninth time, and with only two Wimbledon wins to his name, he may be keen to increase that quota of this year!
As Betfair is a betting exchange where you can lay (accept) people’s bets as well as place your own, you might want to take a shrewder view and take advantage of British love for Andy Murray to win by laying the Scot!
It was two and a half months ago that Facebook revealed their $2billion leap of faith with virtual reality concepts, buy announcing the acquisition of Oculus VR, the most advance virtual reality headset available on the market today.
This ground-breaking development makes clear one thing, the world, or Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg at least, believe virtual reality to be the next conquest in computing platforms and why shouldn’t it be? The graphics on gaming platforms these days are spectacular, with many visuals leaving fans in awe due to the realism that is on the screen before them, not to mention the added bonus of being able to manipulate what you do and where you do it, in this virtual reality that is being conceptualised.
When the idea is put to good thought, we are actually not that far away from advancing technology to a virtual reality era. As mentioned previously the graphics on gaming platforms are now incredibly enthralling, leaving little to the imagination due to the specifics and attention to detail. Virtual sports in gambling are not that far away from pristine quality either.
bgo, for example, offers an extensive range of virtual sports to enjoy. This includes virtual cycling, held at the BGO Velodrome (extremely reminiscent of a certain other Velodrome!) and virtual tennis to stake your bets on. Imagine, with virtual reality technology, staking a bet on one of those virtual sports, putting on your virtual reality goggles and taking a seat in the virtual audience to see how your bet gets on first hand? No worries about injuries, weather or disqualification, your virtual sport-star is entirely responsible for your success or failure.
Alright, admittedly, that wouldn’t be as fun as actually playing tennis, but still, the idea would likely see huge support and success, given the speed at which virtual sports are played. Imagine it as watching a shortened version of a sport, with more speed, more action and more enjoyment!
The action wouldn’t stop with virtual sports though, as other virtual genres would undoubtedly see success as well, such as role playing games, action adventures and even driving games. But thinking too much about the future of virtual reality would be getting ahead of ourselves at this stage. After all, Oculus does not offer products available for purchase as of yet, with the only thing on the market being a prototype for developers to buy, and even then that costs a whopping $350.
Virtual reality does indeed have the potential to usher in a new era of how we communicate learn and even play, the $2billion buy-out fee Facebook paid to get the Oculus software tells us that much for sure, but don’t expect it to be any time soon. A project of this magnitude should be time to adapt and progress naturally; otherwise a rushed version could tarnish many people’s beliefs that virtual reality is the next big thing to conquer in technology.
Ronaldo, pictured here, stars in his very own PokerStars ad, image from Wikipedia
Former AC Milan striker and footballing legend Ronaldo has just surpassed his first year’s anniversary since becoming a brand ambassador for the casino company PokerStars. Despite being more well-known these days ‘The Brazilian Ronaldo’, after the emergence of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, the player rolled back the years and showed some applaud-able skills with several poker chips during his first advertisement for the company. Only there was one problem, the skill was no longer with his feet, but with his fingers.
The ad shows the Samba star flicking, spinning, throwing and catching a poker chip around between his fingers, before dazzling the camera by seemingly pulling three chips from what originally just one. The ad was used to promote PokerStars and their free poker online to what was a booming South American audience at the time. Considering Ronaldo’s achievements in football, it was a no-brainer that the poker company chose him as an ambassador, with his popularity across the region, in particular in his homeland of Brazil, a seemingly everlasting bond.
There is however, debate over the ad. Was it really Ronaldo who displayed those enticing tricks on camera for 30-seconds plus, before revealing himself to us? Was it in fact a double, in the same sleek and suite attire as the former Brazilian international who was twiddling the chips about his fingers, before stepping aside for Ronaldo to take the glory?
The answer is; that we don’t exactly know. And more to the point, we don’t exactly care. For you see, when Ronaldo revealed himself to the camera as PokerStars newest ambassador, many rejoiced at the tricks he had just displayed with several poker chips. It brought back memories of his wonderful skills and tricks with a football during his career, despite the fact these new moves were conducted with entirely different body parts. The simple fact is; it was almost a renaissance of what the two time World Cup winner was capable of. After all, it takes some serious skill, magic and trickery to rise above a pack of footballers to earn Goal.com’s “Player of the Decade” award.
In reality, it likely is a stunt (we say stunt, but it was hardly a stunt unless you factor in the risk of broken nails and strained fingers!) double who undertook the task of flicking and flipping the chips before our very eyes. But, for the most part, it is a thing to behold to simply presume that the former great footballer, who was a magician with his feet when playing, can replicate that sort of skill with his fingers and is simply, a truly gifted individual.
The ongoing battle for dominance in the mobile arena between Android and Apple can be likened to the erstwhile rivalry between Mohamed Ali and Joe Frazier. The question remains: who is Ali and who is Frazier in the mobile arena? Regardless, it’s all about entertainment value, and that’s precisely what users of both Google Android and Apple smartphones and tablets are interested in. There is no doubt that Android dominates an overwhelming share of the mobile markets, with third quarter market share in 2013 topping 81%.
Contrast that to Apple’s seemingly insignificant market share in the mobile arena. Numbers alone do not account for profitability, as is evident by the fact that Apple generated some 56% of profits during the third quarter of 2013 – even with its greatly diminished market share. Users of both operating systems are able to maximize their entertainment pleasure by way of high-quality mobile apps delivered by the world’s finest online gaming operators.
Mobile Rivals Go Head-to-Head for Player Patronage
One of the foremost providers of top-tier technology for mobile casino enthusiasts is 888casino. You can check out the provider here : www.888casino.com/casino-games. This renowned operator was recently granted a license to operate and provide casino games within the state of New Jersey. Among the many attractions on offer for Android and Apple users are skill-based games and games of chance. Players can enjoy a safe, secure and hassle-free download of the mobile app at no cost. The app is available in 16 languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German and of course English.
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An exciting range of casino games is available – comparable to the PC-based platform. These include roulette, blackjack, slots and even live casino games. All casino games on the mobile platform can be enjoyed in a practice play mode for free or a real-money mode. Slots games rank among the most popular attractions with an impressive range of newly released titles in the mix. These include Net Entertainment favourites such as Jack Hammer, Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest and Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Other popular games such as City Life, Live Roulette, Blackjack, Video Poker and others abound. Since the games can be enjoyed in a free-play mode or a real money mode, bets of all sizes are possible.
Apple phones are immensely popular all over the world, and fall into a significant brand category. The company is all set to launch a new phone called Apple iPhone 5c 8GB, and is a budgeted phone. iPhone 5c is a reasonable smartphone and is Apple’s first venture into this segment. The first iPhone product was launched way back in 2007 June, and till today iPhones deliver an everlasting youthful image, and each time iPhone commercials are released the phones look brand new.
The uniqueness of iPhone design is it emits waves of vibrancy, and iPhone 5 follows Apples’ legacy of a slender and trendy piece. The material used is top quality plastic. An important point to note is the framework of iPhone 5c is vastly different from the first few iPhones that were launched. iPhone 5c is not the first plastic made phone, and is draped in quality metallic chassis. The phone is tailored with high-end plastic material, and the rigidity effect is highlighted by the presence of premium steel that enables firm dexterity movement. iPhones always come in amazing and pulsating colors, and iPhone 5c will be sold in white, pink, yellow, blue and green shades and the aftermath effect is an awe-inspiring one because of the fine shine.
iPhone 5c weights 132g, and is sturdier and bigger than iPhone 5, and measures 124.4×59.2×8.97mm. There are already positive reviews about iPhone 5c months before launch, sources have stated that the phone offers a light and feel good effect.
iPhone 5c operates on 640×1136 4inch display capacity, and is not as significant as the 5inch display power of Android phones. Apple will improve on its competitive display measurement with the launch of a bigger display in 2014; detailed information on this topic is yet to be disclosed. Although the display output is smaller compared to Android phones, iPhone 5c offers one of the most rewarding usage experiences in recent times. The color generation capacity is splendid, even under peak sunlight, and the visualizing angles are outstanding. iPhone 5c is offered with iOS 7 software, and the software design technology packed into the phone is world class called skeuomorphic graphics, and the image projection is out of this world and can be compared to live replications of real objects. The new skeuomorphic look makes the handling process smooth with interesting apps like Calendar, App Store, Safari and Mail. The touch screen technology used in the phone is called Control Center, and users can browse through various apps through an up or down swipe. Apart from Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, apps the other toggles used are Flashlight, Orientation lock and Do Not Disturb. Users can adjust the volume and brightness and music output. There is an alarm, camera and calculator apps.
Apple has introduced six apps into iPhone 5c called Keynote, Numbers, pages, Garage Band, iMovie and iPhoto. Besides these apps Apple has launched a new site which is business and recreation specific to manage presentations, spreadsheets, create documents, record and edit movies and manage photos.
The camera installed in iPhone 5 c is similar to that of iPhone 5, which stands on top of the game in camera quality. The camera resolution surpasses the illumination power of Lumia 925 and HTC One. The inbuilt iOS7 software technology used in iPhone 5 has the new UI camera feature where users can access various capturing models such as Panorama, Square, Photo and Video. On top of screen there are back and front cameras, HDR or flash recording. The versatility ability of iPhone 5c is magnificent and in accordance with the cut-throat competition that exists in smartphone industry. Photography buffs and consumers can expect to have lots of fun with the phone. The photography apps used are old and new videos strategized to a particular location, automatic image organization, monuments, collections and years.
The hardware fitment in iPhone 5c is similar to that of iPhone 5, and hence similar performance output. iPhone 5c is an up gradation from iPhone 4S, and has all the convenient features a modern techie buff can ask for in terms of quick access to apps and webpages. The software system used is called dual-core processor, and the performance output of iPhone 5c is on par with octa and quad rivals.
An interesting feature to note in iPhone 5c is the AirDrop feature which is a direct connection to Wi-Fi, through the Control Center. The significance of AirDrop feature is users can share contacts, videos and photos via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The battery power output of iPhone 5c is 1507mAh which is slightly more powerful than durability effect of iPhone 5 where the battery output is 1440mAh. Users can use the phone for hours on end and the lasting effect is so enormous that there will still be about 20% battery space.
iPhone 5c is another addition to Apples’ list of world class products, first and foremost customers will be attracted by the mere vivacious and youthful appearance, which is not unusual, and evident in all iPhone pieces launches. So what makes iPhone 5c different, it lies in the fitment of a more powerful and innovative steel material that increases the sturdy effect and the phone lies firm on palm even under slippery conditions.
Owning a phone as chic and cool as iPhone 5c is too exciting for words, and owners would hence want to capture as many images as possible to feel the effect of a super elegant phone. There is a back and front camera, as well as HDR or flash recording on top of screen, and photography apps are too many where users can store heaps of life-remembering images in various folders segmented in various eras in time and place such as a particular location, automatic image organization, monuments, collections and years. An innovative feature to look forward to is the AirDrop feature which is a direct source to internet.
Those who are keen to buy the iPhone 5c, the launch date is 31st of March 2014, and it is a great buy for business and recreational purposes.
A terrific article was recently published on Geeks Have Landed detailing the meteoric rise of mobile games. Mobile Games Have Dethroned Handheld Consoles carefully articulated the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets over handheld gaming consoles. In keeping with this trend, online gaming companies – notably online casinos – are switching their efforts towards creating the ultimate mobile-friendly platforms. An upgraded iPad app from 888casino was recently released. Fans of casino games are welcome to check the app on iTunes where it can easily be downloaded and installed. The iPad app is 47.1MB to download and install and it is available in 16 languages. These cover pretty much the entire spectrum – with all major European languages, Chinese dialects, Turkish and English too.
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Handheld consoles used to be the only option for gamers on the go. Pretty much everywhere you looked someone was playing a Gameboy and mobile phones were reserved for Snake and Snake only. But with the rise of smartphone and tablet accessibility, things have started to shift dramatically.
According to research by the IDC and App Annie , combined sales of game content on the iOS App Store and Google Play outsold expenditure on dedicated gaming devices, such as Nintendo’s 3DS or Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Although titles for handheld consoles cost significantly more than apps, the amount spent on mobile games were still around three times higher than the portable console market last year.
This signifies a change in the gaming demographic, with the majority of players now content to play more casual titles from a multi-functional device. With the consumption of games changing so significantly, console developers are concerned how their sales may be impacted.
Sony experienced disappointing sales of their flagship Vita device. Fergal Gara, the UK Managing Director of PlayStation says that tablets and smartphones have a part to play. “The market Vita entered was more complicated than it was when the console was originally thought about and designed,” he said. “Games on tablets and phones have changed the marketplace and people can’t carry too many things around at one time.”
“The truth is that the number of people that want the core experience (that the PS Vita offers) is not as big as the number that simply want any sort of game available on the move…”
It seems clear why people would reach for their smartphone over a DS or Vita. Aside from the fact that the device offers far more functions than a handheld console, the range of game titles is much more vast and affordable. Last year, the App Store sales topped $10 billion, and online and console franchises such as Rush Poker and GTA are beginning to focus more on the mobile platform too. It is clearly a viable venture, with hit releases like King’s Candy Crush Saga generating as much as $900,000 per day.
This is leaving the future looking very uncertain for even the most successful of handheld hardware. Nintendo has been feeling rising pressure from analysts and shareholders to offer their software titles on the mobile platform, following a huge cut in the Wii U consoles predicted sale figures. The innovative Japanese brand have remained reluctant though, instead placing more attention into the potential health market.
But according to IDC Insight’s analyst Spencer Izard, a failure to evolve with the times may cause issues for Nintendo further down the line. He said: “With the continued adoption of smartphones as gaming platforms in the mobile space, I believe that Nintendo will see a further erosion of their market position in this space.”
Most people think of taking part in a lottery as a positive thing. For a small stake you could be in with a chance of winning millions; especially now that you can buy your lotto tickets online and enter national lotteries in other countries as well as your own.
The other bonus in buying lotto tickets online is that you don’t even have to check your numbers after a draw – if you have a win, you’ll get notification via SMS or email. And even if you haven’t purchased your tickets online, you can still check the results using the National Lottery ticket checker. Even if you haven’t won anything, you’ll know that some of your stake will have gone towards a good cause anyway, so it’s a positive thing all round to play the lottery.
Not so, however, in Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, first published in the New Yorker in 1948. This tale is a dark one. It was recently made into a short film. You see the whole of a small community gathering as they do every year. There’s an air of anticipation and nervousness among the different townsfolk as they talk about ‘the lottery’ and the fact that the lottery will help bring a good harvest. One woman turns up late and her husband scolds her for trying to hide their son in the barn. He says they all have to take part.
The viewer is left in the dark about why a lottery should arouse such anxiety until you see the film through to the end, when the lottery is drawn – each head of the household taking a folded slip of paper. They all open their papers and only one is marked with a black dot. It’s the woman who tried to hide her son. The film ends with the townsfolk stoning her to death – the price to pay for the promise of a good harvest.
The Lottery is a story that provoked outrage on its first publication, but it is now considered to be one of the most well-known American short stories and serves as a reminder of how people’s willingness to conform can prevent them from seeing the difference between right and wrong.