Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Top 5 Best World Cup Apps for iPhone & Android

These apps are great for World Cup gossip, news, photos, and sports coverage. If you’re looking for the best World Cup apps, these are our top five picks.

1. ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup

(ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup)

The ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup app is a great resource for news about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition to scores and news, this app captures the great sense of drama that great World Cup coverage should have.
  • Up-to-the-minute scores and informative videos
  • Twitter integration pulls in info about Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Liverpool
  • Get news on the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, European Championships, and more
  • Add or remove features to customize your experience
  • Keeps you abreast of rumors and transfer news
  • Some features are US-only
  • Too many ads
  • App feels laggy at times
  • Boring, cluttered interface
  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later
2. SecondMic

Check out the video above to see SecondMic featured at DreamIt Austin 2014 Demo Day.

SecondMic is an app that allows fans, former players, teams, and sports reporters to provide alternative live commentary for sporting events. The app features great commentaries from comedians, sports reports, and other sports experts for all kinds of live events, including the World Cup. You can check out the SecondMic team’s World Cup predictions on their blog.
  • Ideal for people who are bored with traditional sports commentary
  • Get commentary that suits your interests and personality
  • Wide array of commentators
  • App is simple to use
  • Users can become broadcasters themselves
  • Does not appear to be available for Android
  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later
  • Depending on your home audio setup, the audio commentary may be too quiet or cumbersome to arrange
  • Great for World Cup coverage, but limited coverage for certain sports or entertainment events
  • Won’t appeal to people who prefer to watch sports alone, without a social aspect
3. FIFA Official App


The official FIFA app is a must-have for any serious World Cup fan. It’s packed with info about players, leagues, and the FIFA organization itself. In addition, it has a great interface that is intuitively designed.
  • Great UI
  • Extensive FIFA Tournament Coverage
  • Follow live coverage
  • Score updates for 102 of the world’s top leagues
  • Tons of photos and videos
  • Some Android users have complained about frequent app crashing
  • Some users have reported delays with the news section
  • Limitations on the number of leagues you can follow
  • A few users have reported issues with calendar sync
  • Some users find that certain teams are getting too little coverage
4. FIFA 14 by EA Sports

Tired of waiting between matches to see some great action? Put yourself in the game with FIFA 14 by EA Sports. The game includes officially licensed 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil national teams, kits, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. If you want a video game that fully captures the spirit of the World Cup, this is it.
  • Features 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players
  • Listen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Solid graphics
  • Intuitive controls
  • Every injury, suspension, and change in team form is reflected in-game
  • Requires at least 1.35GB of free space on your device
  • Some users have lost their squads after updating
  • Some users have experienced EXP bugs
  • Doesn’t sync with console version of the game
  • Some features/modes feature IAP
5. Adidas 2014 FIFA World Cup LWP

This live wallpaper and clock widget app for Android users is really cool. Every time you unlock your device, this app plays a short animation that flies you straight into Maracanã Estádio’s center circle, revealing the official match ball.
  • Select between 32 qualifying countries
  • Cool audio notifications for texts, email alerts, and missed calls
  • Inlcudes custom clock widget
  • Time of day and weather detection in Maracanã Estádio
  • Easy controls for “kicking” the ball on the screen
  • Not available for iOS devices
  • May get repetitive to all but the most fervent footie fans
  • Some users have reported freezes
  • Only five footballs can be on the screen at once
  • Does take up a good chunk of space, uses a lot of battery

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Free Download Kid Pix Deluxe 3D for Mac

Kid Pix Deluxe 3D for Mac is a kids drawing and painting creativity software which integrated with Apple's iLife, making it easy to link animated projects with music which is in your iPhoto albums and in you iTunes playlist. This brand-new Mac OS X edition for Kid Pix Deluxe has everything your young artist needs to tell their stories and adventures on screen. 

The "3D" part of the name refers to the wonderfully rounded new 3D animations and 3D backgrounds, and the 3D paint that's so real you'll think you could touch it. Easy path animations let 3D characters hop, Jump and fly around the screen, and a hundred wonderful movie backgrounds, from the Golden Gate to Outer Space, add a touch of Hollywood. Using your Mac's built-in camera, and a variety of animated costumes, kids can have fun starring in their own digital documentaries. And with the new "FlipBook" button, kids can easily Create a 60-second animated short story all their own. 

Video narration lets them star in their own animated adventures, and easy path animations let 3D characters interact on screen. Eye-popping 3D backgrounds, and a hundred video backgrounds provide a Hollywood setting. For ages 4 and up. Includes two pairs of 3D glasses! 
Main Features:
- Create animated stories viewable with 3D glasses
- Multilayered 3D backgrounds and 100 video backgrounds
- Easy path animation tools let 3D characters interact
- Video narration lets kids star in their own animated productions

All in all, it offers everything that a kid needs to have a creative fun!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Continuity Problems; Can They Be Fixed?

Several fans and critics seem to think that the 'X-Men' timeline has been damaged forever, while others believe this is a full reboot and that there are no continuity errors. 

If you haven't seen X-Men: Days of Future Past yet, there will be plenty of spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

In one of his only interviews leading up to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer addressed the several continuity errors that fans have noticed, including Wolverine's adamantium claws somehow returning after they were sliced off by the Silver Samurai in The Wolverine, and the fact that Trask Industries founder Bolivar Trask is played by Peter Dinklage in this movie and African-American actor Bill Duke in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.

Here's what the director had to say about the continuity in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
"Some things you let go. In X-Men: The Last Stand Bolivar Trask was an African-American guy, in X-Men 1 I personally wrote the line that of course I now regret: 'When I was 17, I met a young man named Erik Lensherr' and then in X-Men: First Class I changed that! Some of these I hope the audience will forget about but for the bulk of it I pay attention to the universe."
While some fans may have forgotten about the continuity problems, many others have not, with several different viewpoints surfacing regarding how X-Men: Days of Future Past affects the 14-year franchise, leaving several lingering questions about certain characters and story aspects.

One of the big questions that has lingered since the end credits scene in The Wolverine is how the older Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is still alive, since he was killed in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand at the hands of the Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). There is a theory that Xavier shifted his consciousness into his twin brother, although that family connection isn't exactly explained.

In X-Men: Days of Future Past's 1973 scenes, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) still has his bone claws, since he hasn't gone through the Weapon X program that infused adamantium into his skeletal system. However, in scenes set in the year 2023, the metal claws are back, even though the Silver Samurai sliced them off in last year's The Wolverine. Many believe that future Magneto (Ian McKellen) was responsible for the repair of his claws, but it is never fully stated in the movie.

The subject of Wolverine's claws gets even trickier when you take into consideration that the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past hints that Wolverine/Logan won't even go into the Weapon X program at all. Of course, since Logan can't remember much about his past, it isn't exactly known when he enters this Weapon X program initiated by William Stryker, played by Josh Helman in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's possible that he goes through the program in the 1980s, when X-Men: Apocalypse is reportedly set, but Wolverine never retracts his claws during the final scene in the year 2023, after the future was saved, so it isn't known if he has the adamantium claws or bone claws.

The last scene takes place in the year 2023, with Wolverine waking up at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters in a peaceful future, after the Sentinels have been erased from the timeline. The scene includes Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and the big surprise inclusion of the resurrected Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Cyclops (James Marsden). After the Sentinels were destroyed, it created a whole new timeline that is only tied to X-Men: First Class, meaning Jean's death never happened. Badass Digest's piece indicates that the original trilogy, X-Men, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand ceased to exist, after the mutants were revealed to the world decades earlier than in the previous timeline, when Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is prevented from killing Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).

With X-Men: First Class taking place in the 1960s, X-Men: Days of Future Past set in the 1970s and X-Men: Apocalypse set in the 1980s, it appeared that this prequel franchise would eventually merge with the original X-Men trilogy, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, since X-Men: Days of Future Past created a whole new timeline after the Sentinels were destroyed. The new timeline renders a lot of these continuity errors moot, such as the two different versions of Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine's claws, since it isn't known if the Weapon X program even exists in this timeline.

Several other plot points have been addressed over the past few days, such as how Magneto even got his abilities back to begin with after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, where a serum removed his powers, the ages when Charles and Erik first meet, and many more. Do you even care about these continuity errors? Are you willing to "forget" about them and move on like Bryan Singer suggested earlier this month? Chime in with your thoughts below.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was released May 23rd, 2014 and stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

Fast and Easy way to Upload Recorded World Cup Video to YouTube

Read this post you will get to know how to upload World Cup Video to YouTube with Highest Quality with the all-in-one Ultimate Converter.

Fifa World Cup 2014

The 20th Fifa World Cup heads to Brazil between 12 June and 13 July 2014 - and the five-time champions will be hopeful of lifting the trophy again. But with Spain and Germany in good nick, and other surprises sure to come to the fore, the month-long football festival will not be one to miss.

Upload World Cup Video to YouTube

As the most truehearted fan, if you have free time and sufficient money heading to Brazil for watching this world-anticipated World Cup on live, that's definitely awesome. At that time you may take your camcorder to record the whole journey as well as the most important football party. And after coming back, you maybe so excited to share these wonderful moment with your friends and families by uploading recorded world cup video to YouTube.

That being said, how to upload so many FIFA World Cup video with big volume and uncompatible format onto Yoube really makes you scratch head. Most often, people prefer to take the HD camcorders like JVC HD camcorder, Sony HD camcorder, Panasonic and Canon HD camcorder with recording high definition videos in format likes mod, tod, mts, m2ts, etc., which are not supported by Youtube, so the first thing you need to do it to make those HD formats to become the supported video formats of YouTube like MPEG4, MP4, FLV and so on.

Take it easy! Now I will offer some tips for you to compress or convert World Cup Video to MP4 format which is perfectly supported by YouTube. 

Software you need: 

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate or Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

Overall, it is an all-in one program which is a great combination of Blu-ray\DVD ripping program and video converting product as well.  With it, you can convert World Cup Video as well as your BD/DVD discs to Youtube compatible MP4/FLV/F4V/SWF format you need. It really is easier said than accomplished. What' more, this skilled World Cup Video Converter is also articularly made to fix the World Cup Video issues by converting them for playing on mobile devices to MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, M4V, DivX, XviD, MOV format with major outcome top quality.

Guides on converting World Cup Video files to MP4 for Youtube uploading

Step 1. Free download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, install and launch the program.

Once you run it, click "Add Video" button to load the World Cup Video files you'd like to convert. When all the videos are loaded to the program, you can preview the videos.

Step 2. Select best supported format by Youtube.

Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Simply follow "Common Video -> H.264 Video(*.mp4)" for uploading to Youtube. Otherwise, you can select "Flash Video" -> "FLV-Flash Video Format(*.flv) ","F4V (*.flv)" or "SWF-SWF Format (*.swf)" which is also accepted by Youtube.

Step 3. Settings.

You can customize the A/V parameters based on your personal requirements. Adjust the resolution, bitrate, frame rate or codec to meet your requirement by clicking "Settings".

Step 4: Start converting World Cup Video to mp4 format.

After the above steps are done, you can click "Convert" button to convert your recorded World Cup Video to MP4  format. 

This World Cup Video Converter supports batch conversion so you may load multiple World Cup Video files and convert at one time. You may also merge them into one file by checking the box "Merge into one file" before conversion starts. After conversion you can click "Open" button to get the generated mp4 files for playback or edit.

In this way,you can upload your World Cup Video file on YouTube and share with your friends at everywhere and whenever.

What's more:

2014 FIFA World Cup - Official TV Opening

You'll be seeing a lot of this cool animation during the television broadcasts from the World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off on 12 June.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 release date June 2014 - available in October?

The much anticipated iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 release date is in June and will be available for purchase in October, according to reports.

Apple has not made an official announcement regarding the concrete launch of its tablet line – iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. However, it was predicted that the tablets will be introduced alongside the iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 at the company's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference happening on June 2. Consumers can start queuing outside the Apple Store for the tablets on its usual window.

Previous reports claimed that iPad Air 2 will be the only tablet that Apple will release this year. According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple is prioritizing the iPad Air 2 more than the rumored iPad Mini 3 and iPad Pro.

"Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models," Ming-Chi Kuo said in his report to investors.

"We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9″ iPad," Kuo added.

Meanwhile, rumors claimed that iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will sport the TouchID fingerprint sensor, which was skipped on the previous iPad Air. The fingerprint scanner was first seen on the iPhone 5S, which was released earlier than iPad Air. The tablet will also pack an iOS 8 that will come with rumored features and functions such as the split-screen multitasking feature in mobile devices, which will enable users to use two applications at the same time.

Moreover, iPad Air 2 was also rumored to pack the next generation of A8 processor with 64-bit architecture that delivers faster performance. However, others speculated that the tablet will be powered by Intel processors just like the MacBooks.