Targus Bags for the iPod Generation: Orange is “Edgy”

Hello, Young Urban Professionals, have I got a bag for you. Actually, I have four of them, all new bags from Targus ($60-$120) designed with the iPod generation in mind. See the iPod peeking from the pocket on the outside of this briefcase? In case you, the urban sophisticate, need prompting as to what the pocket is for, there is a logo that looks like the iPod’s round control surface right there on the front. Notice that the iPod pocket (which has a hole for inserting a headphone connector) sits where many manufacturers put their first cellular telephone pockets, back when handsets were the rage. The phone is now in the case.The Urban Messenger Bag (are there rural messengers, too?) also has an iPod pocket on the outside, though you may have to click on the picture to find it there on the left side of the flap.I really don’t mean to poke fun, butTargus Bags for the iPod Generation: Orange is "Edgy" I couldn’t help myself after reading the first two paragraphs of the press release. These people are hard core, in the Women’s Wear Daily sense. Here goes:”Targus, Inc., maker of the world’s best-selling notebook cases and accessories, today launched the Urban series of laptop cases with an edgier look and feel, aimed toward young professionals. The four styles in the Urban collection include the Urban Messenger, Urban Topload, Urban Backpack and Urban Travel Roller.

Targus has coupled brighter colors with an urban-like design to offer young professionals an alternative to the traditional, uniform notebook cases.“The Urban collection’s edgier appeal offers a unique and stylish alternative in the marketplace for young professionals carrying notebooks,” said Steven Robert, Targus general manager. “We created a more trendy and fashionable line of cases to appeal to the young professional’s desire for design and functionality, featuring vibrant colors and personalized pockets that carry a notebook and all essential mobile accessories.”Edgier colors, look, and feel? Urban-like design? Personalized pockets? Do they have your name on them? When did orange become edgy? Should I call this the Stephen Robert fall collection?Seriously, I’ve had many Targus bags over the years and they’ve always been a good value for the money.

They wear well and I’ve never had one fail me–which I can’t say for some lots-more-expensive bags. Still, it’s hard for me to think of a computer bag as a fashion accessory. However, as I am too old and live too far out to be an “young urban professional” I’ll have to yield to the judgment of the focus groups that I am sure had some part in the design of these bags. Maybe if I get one, I’ll be cool again? (Like I ever was).Targus bags are available universally and if you don’t want (or can’t afford) to buy a high-dollar bag, these just might project your “unique and stylish” (yet edgy) urban image. While letting everyone know you have an iPod, of course.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Watches

If you are serious about aerobic exercise–whether it’s walking, hiking, running, cycling, field sports, skiing, or something else–you ought to have a heart rate monitor. And the best heart rate monitors are made in Finland by PolaPolar Heart Rate Monitor Watchesr. I bought my first one more than 20 years ago, and while I haven’t been seriously exercising all that time, when I am serious I’m never without a HRM. Why? Because in order to meet your fitness/weight loss goals you need to exercise at the proper intensity. Your heart rate is the best was to determine how are you are working. And a wireless heart rate monitor is the only way to continuously monitor your heart rate.Whole books have been written about heart rate training, so I won’t explain it in detail, except to say that staying in your “target zone” provides the greatest value for time spent training.

Polar has heart rate monitors for a variety of sports and starting at less than $60. Of course, the more you spend, the more features you get. My first monitor was $349 in 1985 dollars and had fewer features than today’s $100 monitor.This Christmas–having ruled out the Garmin Edge 305–what I’d like to find under the tree is a Polar S725 (right), a cycling-oriented HRM that also measures speed and pedal RPM, not to mention altitude, climbs, and temperature, all of which are stored for downloading and analysis.

Of course, this sophistication doesn’t come cheap: MSRP is $350.Or maybe I’d rather have the new CS200cad (left), part of a family of bike-mount HRMs that start at about $150. This is a very convenient device, but not as fully-featured as the S725.I’ve given Polar monitors in the past as gifts and in the past have tended to have an extra one around the house to loan friends. New users are always amazed that “how they feel” about their exertion level or how tired they feel, often doesn’t match what their heart rate tells them.You may be wondering how accurate these monitors are. Polar advertises them as ECG-accurate and, yes, I’ve tested them and have found Polar monitors to always be within a beat or two of the high-dollar medical gear.If you’re at all serious about fitness, a heart rate monitor should be your training partner. And Polar, in my experience, makes the best.

Garmin Edge 305 GPS-enabled Cycle Computer

Since Jen has started her Christmas list, I’ll start mine. But, since I am more chatty than Jen (yes, it’s true) I will present mine as individual items, separated into gifts I want and gifts I’m giving.I am not sure the Garmin Edge 305 ($379.95 ouch!) is tops on my “most wanted” list, but I’ve recently returned to bicycling and bike stuff has really caught my attention. Not surprisingly, the Edge 305 uses a GPS to provide cycling functions.

The 305 comes in two models, Garmin Edge 305 GPS-enabled Cycle Computerone that records heart rate and they other that records cadence (which for non-cyclists is pedal RPM). I am betting the Edge has only one receiver for outboard sensors, explaining why it’s an either/or choice. That is a significant limitation in a high-end–make that stratospheric–bike computer.Another apparent limitation is the lack of support for uploaded maps. That seems to be a severe limitation, at least compared to how useful it would be to have local street or topo maps loaded when you go out for a ride. This would seem to be especially important to mountain biker and long-distance riders. It would also allow a course to be pre-programmed, allowing the GPS to provide turn-by-turn directions. Having made a wrong turn during a century ride, I can assure you that having to backtrack is no fun at all.

The Edge 205 is a less-expensive version (no HR or cadence, using GPS instead of barometric altimeter) that sells for $269.95. Something I like about the Edge devices is the large, 1.17″W x 1.44″H display. Looks like it will be easy to read and, maybe, the backlight is powerful enough to make it useful at night. However, this big display and the need for an antenna mean the overall side of the unit is 1.75″W x 3.7″H x .9″D, which is positively huge for something that’s supposed to hang on the stem or handlebars.Come to thing of it, if I really need a GPS on a bike ride, I’d probably be better off carrying a standalone unit with a color screen and street maps loaded. The Garmin Edge 305 has once again proven to me that multi-function devices often make compromises I wish they wouldn’t. So, cross this off my list. But, I still need better bike lighting and a heart rate monitor. Guess, I’ll keep shopping.(Note: Runners, hikers, etc., should consider Garmin’s Forerunner products, which are much like the Edge products, but are intended for wrist mounting).

Clash Royale reached over 5 million installs.

Supercell has joined the club of foreign game developers to take Iranian rials (the nation’s currency), at least for its flagship name, Clash of Clans.

A deal reached with the largest third-party app store in Iran, Cafe Bazaar, which plugs Battle of Clans into its local payment gateway on March 24. This empowers Iranians to pay for in-app purchases using their debit card through an interbank system called Shetab (this is mainly because of the sanctions the state has faced). After a 9 percent VAT is deducted supercell is left with 61 percent of revenues and its 30 percent is claimed by Cafe Bazaar. The metrics on Cafe Bazaar site clock Clash of Clans downloads at over 1 million to date and Clash Royale to over 5 million installs.

The business ca’t be happy after having Supercell bump out its competitive advantage in the market — when its hosting provider, SoftLayer, determined to suddenly block all user traffic coming out of Iran and so shortly after the technical upset in February. Its gamer foundation had to begin using VPNs to get Clash of Kings, and in combination with this move by Supercell, the future does’t look overly light.

COC players moved to Clash Royale Game

Sixty-four percent of mobile gamers in Iran are playing Clash of Clans, and 30 percent are playing with Clash Royale. Compare this to the 9 percent share for Clash of Kings and you get a much better sense of Elex-Tech circumstances is ’sed by. There is certainly just no other competition to be seen, which efficiently monopolizes the whole nation.

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Clash of Kin’ popularity has grown to soaring heights in Iran during the past few years and Clash Royale, the beginner, became an immediate hit upon its international release. This is’t necessarily surprising since the whole world is witnessing the stunning success of this refined card collectible-strategy hybrid. GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb lately reported on Newzoo’s latest figures indicating that Clash Royale is nearing the $1 billion mark globally in record time. Precisely the same amounts suggest that the Middle East merely provides a paltry 1 percent share.

“I downloaded Clash Royale before its global launching by creating an Apple ID on the Canada store, while it was being initially rolled out for testing and debugging,” said Amir Lajevardi, aka CeNaRiuS, a 35-year old software engineer who distributes computer apparatus in Iran and is a pro gamer for 14 years.

Over two thirds say when it comes to Supercell games that clans are significant to them. It’s fairly common nowadays to find that friends or even intimate couples in Iran having met through playing any of these mobile hits.

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Telegram is the messaging program of choice in Iran, where clans like Lajevardi’s “Persian Gulf ” anchor all their communications and that’s,. Dedicated Telegram stations to Supercell titles are springing up all over the area. It’s where they share the most recent game news, strategies, and details on offline events offering the gamer community an opportunity to get in touch in actual life.

The excitement has extended into esports. Iran Cyber Games (ICG) ran a Clash Royale tournament for the very first time this month. It consisted of a double elimination of 50 players. Each player paid $2 as a registration fee, with a huge prize of $400 for grabs. That’s a substantial sum when you take into account that two thirds of mobile gamers in Iran make less than $571 per month.

Twitter Shortcuts You Won’t Want to Live Without

If you use Twitter’s interface, there are several shortcuts (pressing 2 keys to give the the same action as a series of mouse-clicks) you will wonder why you haven’t been using them before now.  These are especially beneficial if you do some actions more than others, for instance; if you use your “Favorites” (tweets marked as Favorites to be used or referred to at later dates)  a LOT, G + F will take you straight to your Favorites page.  They are also good to know if you can’t remember where some of these menu items are.  For instance, if you can’t remember where Twitter keeps their “lists” feature, all you need to do is type G + L.

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Viewing the Twitter shortcut cheat-sheets below, you can see some of them are pretty intuitive while others may take using a few times to get them memorized.  You can refer back to this cheat sheet any time; just favorite this page or download the images.

In addition to the twitter shortcuts shown above, you can see a few more available with the image displayed below.

There’s one more quick trick I’d like to add that isn’t really a shortcut – but may save you some time.  If you ever share your tweets, and want a Twitter link for a specific post, here’s a very short video to show you exactly how to do that.

Did you find these shortcuts useful?  Do you have any favorite Twitter shortcuts or tips you would like to share? I’d like to know!

I’m an artist at heart, always feeling creative. I fell in love with social networking and social media years ago when I was introduced to Twitter and it grew into a love affair when I created my website and had to learn to optimize my site, and market myself online. Now I like to share what I’ve learned over the years with my friends both old and new. Sometimes I might have a snarky, “Oh No She Didn’t” attitude, sometimes I might have a comedic sense of humor, but regardless of the view take, I hope you will enjoy what I write.

The 5 coolest features of the new Google Pixel

Rumors of a touchscreen Chromebook have finally come to fruition, as Google launched their own branded device, the Google Pixel.  Coming in at $1299 for the base model, this is not a price conscious model like we have seen recently from Samsung or Acer.  The Chrome Pixel is meant to show that Google’s Chrome OS has arrived.  This feature packed model includes an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 5 hours of battery life, an HD webcam and the ability to open and close the lid with a single finger.  Below are the 5 coolest features of the new Google Pixel.

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1.  The Screen – Google built this screen with web browsing in mind, opting to go with a the 12.85-inch 3:2 ratio display instead of the more common 16:9.  This provides 18 percent more vertical space, perfect for web content.  The screen sports a 178 degree extra wide viewing angle and a 2,560 x 1,700 resolution, giving it a PPI of 239.  This beats the Macbook Retina and the average Windows laptop has about half that.   It also offers a brightness of 400nit, making it 25 percent more bright than any other laptop screen on the market.  That’s perfect if you want to work outdoors.  To top it all off, it’s has a Gorilla Glass multi-touch enabled screen.

2.  The Touch-pad – A big part of whether you actually enjoy using your laptop rests squarely on the touch-pad.  A poor touch-pad experience can render even the most powerful laptop unusable.  Luckily, even though the Pixel has a touch screen, Google still went all out on the touch-pad.  Pixel’s touchpad is made from etched glass that Google says has been “analyzed and honed using a laser microscope to ensure precise navigation.”  Google has paid special attention to how the track-pad interprets the hand/palm/finger interaction.

3.  3 Microphones – Users that want to use there Chromebooks for video conferencing through Hangouts will be happy to know that the Pixel packs 3, almost imperceptible, microphones.  There are two in 0.1 millimeter pinholes near the camera that use a beam-forming technology to cancel out background noise.  The third microphone is located underneath the keyboard, and is used to cancel out any keyboard clicks and clacks.

4.  Quickoffice – We are now seeing the fruits of Google’s acquisition of Quickoffice from a year ago. Quickoffice will come preloaded on the new Pixel and users will be able to open and view Microsoft Office documents. Google has announced that in 2 to 3 months you will have full Microsoft Office compatibility so that you can create and edit native Office documents.  This should be especially helpful for businesses.

5. 1 tb of free storage for three years – For those worried about where they are going to store all of there new documents that they have just created with Quickoffice, Google it including 1tb of their cloud storage free for 3 years.  One of the best features of the Chromebook is the ease in which you can save everything to the cloud and then access it from anywhere on any device.  With 1 tb of storage, you shouldn’t have to worry about space, even if you are storing videos and graphics.  The best part?  1 tb of cloud storage from Google would normally costs you $49 a month.  That works out to $1764 over 3 years which means that if you purchase the Google Pixel, you will actual save $465.

With a $1299 price tag, the Google Pixel is not for everyone.  It does, however, show Google’s willing to continue to innovate and push us closer to their vision of a wireless world based in the cloud.

Are you going to pony up $1299 for to be part of the Chromebook elite?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.