Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Logitech Proteus Core G502 Unboxing and Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/logitech-proteus-core-g502-unboxing-and-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/logitech-proteus-core-g502-unboxing-and-review/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=41004 Author information
Iggy Castillo
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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.
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Logitech just released its latest entry into the gaming mouse arena with the Proteus Core G502.  Not only does this large box contain this beast of a mouse but it contains tons of new technologies that you will have to write to down to reference later.  Make sure to not only read this review but watch the videos to see my geekgasm, it’ll make you giggle a bit.  Enough about me, let’s get back to this unboxing and review.

Check out the specifications and features that come in with the Logitech Proteus Core G502

Specs and Features

  1. Delta Zero technology sensor acceleration
  2. 32-bit ARM processor
  3. 5 x 3.6Gram Tuning weights for up to 18Grams
  4. 5 on the-fly Adjustable DPI buttons between 200 and 12,000DPI
  5. 125 – 1000Hz Resolution/polling rate for more accurate movements
  6. 11 customizable buttons with mechanical micro-switches under each key
  7. Clothe Braided wire
  8. Dual-Mode Hyper-Fast scroll wheel
  9. 3 on-board  profiles
  10. Ultra Low-Friction Feet
  11. Surface tunable gaming sensor
  12. 76in Cable (that’s not a typo, that’s 76 insane inches)

Watch the Unboxing of the Logitech Proteus Core G502

I will have to say first off that most mice suffer slight performance degradations within games when raising polling rates to 1000hz, I did not feel that with this one, this is due to its integrated 32-bit ARM processor.

Adding to that poling rate, the unheard of 12,000dpi using its powerful laser sensor to help improve your game.  Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor technology allows you to track up to 300 inches per second (that’s what IPS is) with acceleration of up to 40G.  These adjustments can all be made from the buttons themselves or from Logitech’s Gaming Software.

Logitech took its time to create this very intuitive and sleek software that anyone can pick up and run with, although you will have to download it from here.

http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/support/g502-proteus-core-tunable-gaming-mouse?crid=411

Here is what the software looks like.

From this screen you can select to use profiles you have created and stored within said profile, you can create up to 3 profiles or use its automatic game detection.  The automatic detection will change even how your mouse works within Windows; I used the onboard setting as the automatic one lowered my DPI.  From this screen you can also move on to the other sections, circled in red below.  We will move on to the customizing section.

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This screen allows you to customize just about everything on the mouse.  Here you can see all 11 keys mentioned both in this article and in the videos.  I see now what the buttons I was confused about did.

This screen also allows you to adjust your DPI, you can see here I selected 9250, that was my sweet spot.  I am slowly moving up, I don’t want to jump in a pool without checking how cold it is first.  I can save here the levels I am comfortable with above in the Profiles, keys, DPI and report rate, I can custom tune them just for me.

Another thing to mention is that each key is rated for 20million clicks.  Many might think this article is full of typos but this is yet another clarification that this was not a typo, is has a keystroke life of up to 20 million clicks.

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If you thought you were done there, you were wrong because you can even tune your mouse to your mouse pad or to your surface.  This is pretty good because you all know that a mouse pad is not a mouse pad, there are tons to choose from and from those there are also textures to choose from,  this gives you 3 presets to try.  I am using the EVGA Gaming mouse pad and while I have tried the other 2, the factory default seems fine for me.  If you have another, you can add it too, very customizable.

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I wanted to give you a little more, so I decided to try adding a new surface, and I am glad I did.  Check out how this works.  First you hold the left mouse button, and then while holding the button you swipe the mouse in a figure 8 pattern.

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Once you have done that it analyzes your movements and completes your profiles.  Truly customizable.

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A little more on the software option, while not huge customizations, they are customizations just the same.  Here you can select how this program starts, delays, illumination, graphics, games to scan for and you can even update your firmware for the mouse, it came with the latest since this mouse has just been released.  We are not the first to review it, but we are damn near the first.

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It also allows you to follow Logitech on Facebook and twitter, a dumb feature because who of us already doesn’t follow them,… right?  Last but not least, if any of this confuses you there is a help feature.

So now that the software is done, let’s get back to the hardware, but sticking to the customizing features, check out this video that talks a little about the buttons and everything else.
See a Video of the Features of the Logitech G502 Mouse

And here are some pics

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Don’t look too much, she’s naked.  Here is where you can add the chevron shaped 3.6Gram weights, 5 of them for up to 18Grams of weight.  You do not have to add all 5 of the weights, but I preferred it that way.  This is a correction to the initial video where I stated that you can add all 5 weights for a total of 3.6Grams.  Whoops

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Here is the side where you can see all of the buttons.

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Here’s her pretty braided cloth cable, it took a while to braid this since it was 76 inches.  I had to use 2 different measuring tapes to makes sure I got this right, that’s 6 Feet and 4 inches.  How big is yours?

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With all its highs, there are some lows though.  It was not 100% comfortable holding this mouse.  I wanted a the mouse to fill my hand more into my palm and my pinky felt left out, kind of forgotten like all pinky’s do, but it was used to being part of the team.  Also, the rubber coating felt more like plastic, that could use a little work but that might be a little picky.

I played Battlefield 4 for a few hours this morning and it felt right.  My accuracy seemed a little better and with that I had more kills racked up, a nice little gift.  Even overall OS use seems a little better, smoother and easier to click edges as well as edit photo’s, please don’t judge the editing on the pictures too much, it is late now.

I was totally shocked and amazed with the level of detail and quality put into this mouse and Logitech has won itself a new fan.  I can’t say that I like the price though, $79.99, seems a bit steep to me, although there are some out there that cost much more and add little more maybe even less than this one.

Software was great, mouse was even better, I highly suggest this mouse, but also suggest the price come down a bit, but I am a penny pincher.  What do you guys think about this beast?

(I apologize if the quality was a bit sub par on the videos and pictures, I bought a Sony Bloggie TS10/B for this review and feature review to provide a higher level of quality for my readers but it turns out that the camera was defective.  I am sending it back to get a better camera for you guys.  I will also review the camera.)

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Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.
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Sony PlayStation 4 Giveaway and More April Giveaways http://www.dragonblogger.com/sony-playstation-4-giveaway-and-more-april-giveaways/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/sony-playstation-4-giveaway-and-more-april-giveaways/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=41001 Author information
Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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We partnered with Purple Monster Coupons and quite a few other bloggers to bring a PlayStation 4 giveaway to our fans, this is one prize package that is sure to please anyone who wins it as the PS4 is arguably the best of the next generation gaming consoles.

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Enter for a chance to win a PlayStation 4

 

Finally a great gaming mouse for a great price, the Etekcity M555 Gaming Mouse is a great gift for anyone who is looking to get a better gaming mouse, we are giving one away to 1 lucky reader, but don’t fret if you don’t win, this mouse is actually only $13.99 so is sure to meet almost anyone’s budget too if you don’t win.

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Enter to Win an Etekcity M555 Gaming Mouse

 

You can also see Iggy talking about the M555 Gaming mouse in this M555 Gaming Mouse Unboxing Video as well.

There is also still time left for your chance to win an iPad Air too!
Enter for a chance to win an iPad Air

Enter to Win an iPad Air

 

Stay tuned for more giveaways, gadgets and game updates on Dragonblogger.com and if you have ideas on what you would like to see being given away, leave a comment on our Dragon Blogger fanpage or our Dragon Blogger Google Plus page  and tell us what tech products, games or stuff you would like us to giveaway next, give us an idea in the $50, $100 and $250 price ranges and we will see what we can do to reward our fans!

For those fans who are looking for alternatives to Dropbox that allows for easy portability and backup for your files so you can access them on mobile devices like Android or iOS devices, you should check out the 5 Great Alternatives to Dropbox article and tell us which app you use or if you use a different one.

Guild Wars 2 has been a game I have played very frequently over the past 2 years and the recent feature pack one greatly alters the game adding some functionality and removing some restrictions to make it easier to share skins, gear and rewards across all characters on the same account.  PVP Reward tracks are fun and the new way heart quest rewards are delivered is more immersive, plus you can hunt and quest for some of the new traits in the redesigned trait system.  Here is a video showcasing some of the new things in Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack 1.

Stay tuned, I am also working on the Akaso W100 Budget Android tablet review, and there may be a giveaway in the works for this one as well.  Feedback is always welcome too, so drop us an email if you want to provide any feedback or tell us what gadgets you want us to giveaway next.

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Invite All Friends to Facebook Event with this Free Chrome Extension http://www.dragonblogger.com/invite-all-friends-to-facebook-event-with-this-free-chrome-extension/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/invite-all-friends-to-facebook-event-with-this-free-chrome-extension/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40998 Author information
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There are many different types of Chrome extensions that auto select friends to invite them to your Facebook event, but I have a new favorite and it is called “Facebook Invite All” it has a 5 star rating and more votes than any other Facebook event Google chrome extension for a reason and it is 100% free.  The plugin installs like any other Google Chrome extension, you simply go to the extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook-invite-all/inmmhkeajgflmokoaaoadgkhhmibjbpj and install it to your Google Chrome browser.

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Now, this is a free extension, and it works but it will redirect you to an advertisement tab after you install it.  Don’t fret, this is how the developer gets some compensation for his effort and there is another plugin that is premium at $6 which basically does the same thing as this plugin and not as quickly either.  After you install the plugin all you have to do is either create a new Facebook event, or go to one where you want to invite all of your friends.  Open up your event and click on “invite friends”, when the invite friends popup box opens, you will then click on the little checkmark in your URL bar on the right top of the Google Chrome browser.

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You almost don’t even realize the Facebook Invite All extension is there, and unlike the last extension I was using which involved you to scroll all the way through all of your friends before you select them, this plugin will automatically select and scroll through all of your friends so you can invite them to your Facebook event.

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You can see with this plugin in less than 40 seconds of running, it invited over 2,600 Facebook friends which would have been a daunting task to do manually.

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It would have also been at least 3 minutes of scrolling if I had to scroll through the list of friends and use the Check Them All plugin which I was using previously to select and invite all friends.

Just remember when you select a mass amount of friends to invite them to an event Facebook will make you enter Captcha to prove you aren’t a robot.  Also I would only reserve inviting all friends for very specific and infrequent events that everyone can take part in.  Do not invite all friends if only a small portion of your friends would be able to attend as this would just waste people’s time.  Online events are probably best for inviting all friends to an event.  I use this extension to only invite all friends to my largest giveaways with the biggest prizes, so it is like an added “hey make sure you see we are giving this away”.  I do it less frequently than once a month and generally I haven’t gotten any complaints from sharing a big giveaway we were having, many thanked me for letting them know as they don’t typically see things on their wall post when only 10% of your audience sees your wall posts typically.

So Facebook Invite All is an awesome extension for automatically selecting all of your Facebook friends to invite them to your Facebook event and I highly recommend it, once again that link to install it is here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook-invite-all/inmmhkeajgflmokoaaoadgkhhmibjbpj

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TinyMCE Advanced Really Enhances WordPress Post Editor http://www.dragonblogger.com/tinymce-advanced-really-enhances-wordpress-post-editor/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/tinymce-advanced-really-enhances-wordpress-post-editor/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40985 Author information
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WordPress 3.9 comes with an updated post editor but still pales to the options you get with the TinyMCE Advanced plugin.  Once you update to WordPress 3.9 you will notice you can drag and drop images into your WordPress post editor directly, it popups up the upload screen and you click insert, then you can drag/resize files around.

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This makes it simply and easy to manipulate images

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Though you still have to edit the image or click text tab to figure out your width/height size exactly for the images.  You can cut/paste any text, but unfortunately you still can’t paste images in clipboard memory into the post editor directly, if you cut or copy an image into clipboard memory you still have to save the image and then drag it into the post editor or click add media to upload your media.  The one final thing I really needed to switch from Live Writer to using WordPress 3.9 all the time for all post creation is that ability to simply cut an image and paste it directly into the image editor without having to save and upload it first.

TinyMCE Advanced adds quite a bit more menu editor features for you and is a free WordPress plugin found in the WordPress plugin repository here http://wordpress.org/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

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File Menu

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You get New Document and Print, not sure where the benefit is here of course as why would someone start typing only to print it from the WordPress editor.  I can’t see how many people would use that feature, but the New Document basically just clears everything you have written, think of it as blank your entire typed content rather than save the post and start a new post.

Edit Menu

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You get your basic Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Paste as text, Select all and Find and Replace.

Insert Menu

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Have your basics here, but I would have liked having an easier way to add an anchor tag without you having to go to the HTML/TEXT editor in WordPress.  This will set the id tag of anything you type, so that when you set an href to that #id it will find and jump to it on the page.  If you don’t know how anchor tags work, then you will have to experiment with it, you basically still have to manually put it around text, as if you select text and type anchor it will replace your text with an image, so it doesn’t save that much time honestly.

Format Menu

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Bold and Italic were always quick access buttons or Control B, Control I on keyboard, but you have quicker access now to strikethrough, superscript and subscript.  You also have quick access to your pre and blockquotes for helping your text stand out in sections.

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Table Menu

Tables are honestly the most noticeable as they didn’t exist without manual HTML/Text tab coding or a plugin previously and they give easy access to creating tables and the flexibility to merge, split and modify existing tables.

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Tools Menu

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Source code opens up a popup window for the HTML for your editor, and is literally no different than click on the text tab, but the good thing is because it opens the source code in a popup, it appears some script elements remain intact, so switching between text/visual editor which would break Punchtab/Rafflecopter and other code, doesn’t seem to happen when you use Tools > Source code to look at html source instead to make changes.

WordPress 3.9 does however add better support for pasting in Word document data without having to click on the extra click, but still comes short of replacing Live Writer for convenience even though they won’t be updating Live Writer anymore, it is still just too convenient for me to write posts with, especially ones where I do screenshots.

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Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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5 Great Alternatives to DropBox for Cloud Storage http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-great-alternatives-to-dropbox-for-cloud-storage/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-great-alternatives-to-dropbox-for-cloud-storage/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40932 Author information
Ishaan Farooq
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Hi, I am Ishaan Farooq, let me introduce myself. I am a Tech Blogger from Lucknow, India and am a big Techo Freak who loves to Surf Internet the whole day and is a Modding, Programming and Customization Enthusiast.
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Cloud Storage

Well, almost everyone uses a cloud storage service now-a-days, and probably Dropbox, because of it’s clean UI, simple and clean navigation, many advanced options, and Clients for all major Operating Systems and mobile platforms. But it basically offers only 2GB of storage for a free account, which is insufficient for all our needs. So here I am, listing the best 5 alternatives for the same to make you choose the right cloud storage for yourself.
The list below is not in any order whatsoever.

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Well, almost everyone uses Google and it’s impeccable services provided by it, like Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Maps, and of-course Google Drive. Google Drive is slick and is nicely integrated with all of Google’s services like Gmail, though it’s not completely free. You get 15GB (5GB solely for Drive) of cloud storage for free, i.e 15GB in Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos combined and $1.99/100GB/monthly thereafter. Simply put, it is best for people who use Google services extensively as you get 15GB of storage space all combined, that is, you don’t have to waste your Google Drive’s 5GB space for photos (Google+ photo does that) and use it only for your other files that otherwise can’t be stored on Gmail and Google+ photos.

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One drive, previously known as Skydrive, is Microsoft’s Cloud storage solution and offers you with 7GB online storage for free and $25/50GB/Monthly thereafter, and also have a referral incentive whereby users gain 500MB of storage for every person that signs up to OneDrive through them. It is nicely integrated with Microsoft Office, other Windows powered devices especially Windows 8, have Apps for every major Operating System and Mobile platforms. One of the best features is that you can remotely access files on another PC via the OneDrive website. The other machine needs to be turned on and running OneDrive with the Fetch Files feature enabled, but once you’ve configured this it could be a handy way to control all of your data from anywhere.
It is worth noting that Microsoft reserve the right to scan your files to look any objectionable content. Be it copyrighted material or things of an explicit nature. So if your major concern is privacy, you wouldn’t want to use this.

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Well, like every other cloud storage solution, anyone can sign up for a free individual account on Box, but the service’s endless list of sharing and privacy features make it favourite for business and IT users. You get 10GB of cloud storage for a free account but you can’t upload a file larger than 250MB, of course 250MB is more than adequate for documents, but if you upload large media files – particularly videos, this can be a problem. The free account doesn’t support versioning (the feature that lets you recover older version of a file) and is reserved for premium users. The most basic paid plan will cost you £7/100GB/month  and a file size limit of 5GB, and you can increase these features according to your needs and buy any other plan instead.

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SugarSync has been around for a long time, and has some great features to offer. SugarSync has insanely detailed syncing options, and can backup or sync any files or folders you choose on your system, not just a single folder and all of its contents. You can use it as your backup client, or use use it just like another cloud storage service, complete with a drive on your system you drop files in. SugarSync keeps an impressive revision history for each of your files, lets you share, lock,  and password protect any file present on it. There are no free plans however, you can get 5GB for free, but only for 90 days as a trial period and if it satisfies you, they have some nice plans out there, $7.49 /60GB/ month being the most basic one.

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CX is probably the least common service among all of these, but is offer some great features. You can share any file or folder with CX. You can also create groups of different members and share files with all of them, and it also gives you a discussion threads for groups. CX gives you 10GB to 250GB of cloud storage free for 30 days, and you can get any plan, but the schemes are bit expensive at 260$/100 GB/Year, so it is very pricey compared to all of the above.

 

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Hi, I am Ishaan Farooq, let me introduce myself. I am a Tech Blogger from Lucknow, India and am a big Techo Freak who loves to Surf Internet the whole day and is a Modding, Programming and Customization Enthusiast.
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Enter the PlayStation 4 Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-the-playstation-4-giveaway/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-the-playstation-4-giveaway/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40950 Author information
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When Purple Monster Coupons asked if we would help sponsor a PlayStation 4 giveaway I was quick to jump on board, I have been wanting to try and offer one for the fans for a while the price tag was just too steep for me to fund the prize by my lonesome at the time.

So with partnership from several bloggers, the PlayStation 4 Giveaway is now live and I am hoping that one of the Dragon Blogger fans is the lucky one to take home this fantastic prize.

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The PlayStation 4 is arguably the most powerful and best console out to date, and with ultra-fast customized processors and 8GB of high-performance unified system memory, the PS4™ system is the home to games with rich, high-fidelity graphics and deeply immersive experiences that shatter expectations.

Remote Play between the Vita and the PS4 is awesome (so I am told and have read, haven’t had a chance to test for myself). With the PS Vita system, gamers will be able to play a range of PS4™ titles on the beautiful 5-inch display over Wi-Fi access points in a local area network.

I hear the new Dual Shock 4 controller is better than any previous controller and there are more Indie games on PS4 available than the Xbox One right now.

If you are a Sony or PlayStation fanboy, this is the giveaway to enter.

Enter to Win a Sony PlayStation 4

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note this giveaway ends on May 2nd, so hurry up and get all your entries in!

*DISCLAIMER- DragonBlogger.com IS NOT responsible for the prize in anyway! We were not compensated to post this post in any way! Only one entry per person per household! Void where prohibited. The winner has 2 days to respond to the email or else a different winner will be chosen. This giveaway has NOTHING to do with facebook, twitter,bloglovin, google, Pinterest or klout in anyway! If you have a question please feel free to email Purplemonstercoupons@live.com if you have any questions, comments or concerns!

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Opening 30 Unidentified Dyes in Guild Wars 2 http://www.dragonblogger.com/opening-30-unidentified-dyes-in-guild-wars-2/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/opening-30-unidentified-dyes-in-guild-wars-2/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:19 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40928 [...]

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The other day I thought I was in luck when I tried my hand at 30 unidentified dyes as I had some laurels to spend and wanted to get as many duplicates as possible for when the Guild Wars 2 feature pack released which would reimburse a ton of unidentified dyes that were duplicated between accounts.

I wanted new dye colors as well as maybe some rare ones to sell as I needed to boost some gold, and you can get some good coin if you are lucky enough to find a very rare dye.  As the new dye system was going to reduce the cost of dyes as they weren’t going to be character bound anymore, I wanted to take advantage of some sales while dye prices were still high for rare ones.

So I got a few rare dyes, made about 5 gold total from the sales which wasn’t so bad and got a ton of new colors.  After the Feature Pack update, I wound up getting another 56 unidentified dyes, opening them all and had a HUGE range of color options for my character armor sets.

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I love now in the new Feature Pack 1 how the skin system works and skins are all account bound and all skins you unlocked can be put on any character at any time, you technically can create a brand new character like I did with my Norn Mesmer and instantly give them an awesome armor skin at level 1.

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Has Chess Evolved From a Square Board Battle to a Frightening New Battle on a Sphere? http://www.dragonblogger.com/has-chess-evolved-from-a-square-board-battle-to-a-frightening-new-battle-on-a-sphere/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/has-chess-evolved-from-a-square-board-battle-to-a-frightening-new-battle-on-a-sphere/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40915 Author information
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Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — After their historic first battle the couple has been ever more stunned as they continue now to play SphereChess – instead of square board chess.

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“This game takes classic square board chess into a whole new world without borders…into the new age of chess. The power and the possibilities are much higher and the playing styles and winning gambits and amazing strategies have yet to be written. We’re excited to see how this game evolves and how it grows and expands.” – Max Tite www.spherechess.com

SphereChess is pure 64-square chess around a sphere. Because there are no edges on a sphere to restrict the movement of the pieces in any direction, SphereChess players suddenly have insane firepower compared to their square board brethren. http://sphere-hess.freeforums.net/thread/1/play-sphere-chess

Only a handful of officially recorded SphereChess games exist in the newly created archives of the SphereChess Federation website. http://www.spherechess.com/gamesposted.aspx No known or recorded SphereChess tactics, gambits or strategies exist, yet. There are no SphereChess coaches or grandmasters.

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There is no software that can challenge let alone beat a human at SphereChess, yet. The challenge in building true SphereChess AI is staggering, particularly as there simply is no established Opening Book for SphereChess. Yet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening_book

In an excerpt from a SphereChess Federation memo to Feng-hsiung Hsu (chief architect of the AI for IBM’s DEEP BLUE supercomputer that trounced Grandmaster Gary Kasparov in the 1980′s – Feng is currently the manager of devices and platforms at Microsoft’s Research and Development headquarter in Beijing):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng-hsiung_Hsu

“A brand new 64-square monster is about to be released to the world, and it is immediately going to stand alongside, and cast a shadow over the square board, as a shatteringly more powerful, infinitely deeper, completely un-explored alternative….perhaps very quickly eclipsing the square board, as the next and all future generations of mankind embrace it. Human imagination and ingenuity still has an edge over brute computing power. We should talk, sir.”

If our kids’ kids will be playing SphereChess, will they still be playing square board chess, as well? With an estimated 200 to 500 million people that play online chess over the Internet right now, and with limitless generations to follow over the next hundreds and thousands of years, how valuable is SphereChess as a copyrighted franchise?

With the advent of global social media such as Facebook constantly seeking new content, SphereChess has a very bright future indeed.

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Antonie Welman
Creator of SphereChess and the World SphereChess Federation
Cell: 971-302-0066
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www.spherechess.com

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Google Glass Explorer Program Launches http://www.dragonblogger.com/google-glass-explorer-program-launches/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/google-glass-explorer-program-launches/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40907 Author information
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Today Google Glass becomes available to the public, and if you are looking to pick up Google Glass here is the website to do so. You can simply sign up to receive news, or actually sign up for a spot to purchase Google Glass and become an explorer.  So far the requirements are that you live in the United States and are 18 years or older, as Google is still testing the waters and feedback is their primary focus as more people start experimenting with Google Glass, testing out applications and providing feedback on the platform.

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The interesting this is obviously visually enhanced displays are the key to the future, and Google Glass which is designed for everyday war or Oculus Rift for Gaming and other features are merely signs that technology to enhance vision and that rests over your eyes is the next phase of integration with our lifestyle and putting more information directly in our line of sight rather than at our fingertips.  Why pick up your phone to look at it, when you have the time, basic info right at the corner of your eye all the time?

I see myself leveraging Google Glass for things like walking on a treadmill and reading news or watching live streaming in real time without having to lug my iPad or iPhone with me and hold it, brace it, it is more fluid and natural to walk even quickly with glasses on.  I was walking in the streets of downtown San Francisco a few months ago, and was using Maps on my iPhone and hated having to keep holding it and looking at it, or pulling it out of the holster to see what streets were up ahead.  I can definitely see how having that info right displayed and overlayed without obstructing your vision would be beneficial.

What other uses can you see for Google Glass, what would you like to do with it and what would you use it for if you had a copy of Google Glass?

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3D Printing Now Easy and Affordable with Makism 3D http://www.dragonblogger.com/3d-printing-now-easy-and-affordable-with-makism-3d/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/3d-printing-now-easy-and-affordable-with-makism-3d/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:00:22 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40903 Author information
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3D Printing is taking the world for a ride, and today I am going to let you in for that ride.   Hold on because this road is printed in 3D,… but you can’t tell its printed because it is a real road.  Makism 3D Corp is bringing reality to you.

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We are going on this ride with Makism3D and their Wideboy series of 3D printers.  Makism 3D Products bring consumer reliability, flexibility with material selection, printer accuracy and out of the box usability to us and so perfect that they are safe to use by us all.  The prices for these devices are very reasonable for what they are and the long term savings are remarkable.  Professionals, educators and home users can all benefit from their product’s allowing for the average person to create what only factories and large companies could create, right out of your own room or garage, yeah it’s that easy.

3 of the current models Makism 3D produces are the Wideboy, Wideboy Pro and Wideboy Mega.  The Wideboy can print in volumes of (A4) 297 x 210 x 150 allowing you to use the following print materials, PLA and PVA.  The Wideboy Pro steps it up a bit and offers print volumes of (A4) 297 x 210 x 200 allowing you to use ABS, Nylon, PC and HIPS print materials for better builds.  At the top of the Wideboy series is the Wideboy Mega, this bad boy can print up volumes as large as (A4) 297 x 210 x 250 using the same print materials as the Wideboy Pro, top of the line all the way.  These come in at $1,500,.00 USD, $2,500.00USD and $4,000.00 respectively.

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http://www.makism3d.com/products/specifications

When I first read the prices listed on their website (http://www.makism3d.com), I thought, what average person can afford this, but then I thought a little more about it for a minute. I am looking to buy a manufactured computer case that someone else designed, I have to settle for their vision and use, that’s $200, maybe more.  Then there’s this nice guitar I have been looking at, it is $300, but because I just spent that $200, I have to settle for a $100 one.  I have a date next week and need to buy some new clothes and that easily will be $100 for very little, but I just bought that other stuff, let’s see what I have in the closet.  With all this on my mind, I just sat on my glasses, the lenses were $100, and the frames were $400.  Damn, now what?

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In the examples above, on the low side I would have spent $1200, with little to no return on investment and in buying those I couldn’t afford other things I wanted.  It doesn’t have to be that way anymore and Makism 3D Printers can help you, they can help us.  If you noticed above, I listed a computer case, a guitar, clothes, glasses, including the lenses and frames, but what I didn’t mention is that with this series of 3D printers, I can make all of them.

Yeah, you can make frames for glasses (Polycarbonate or ABS), lenses (you would have to do some serious work on design, but it can be done with Polycarbonate).  A guitar (take your pick of materials mentioned), even the strings (Nylon) and a computer case (take your pick of materials mentioned), even with a clear side panel, forget that, the entire case will be clear (Polycarbonate).  Don’t think I forgot about clothes, it can make clothes (Nylon).  The limitation on what you can make with these stops at you and what you can imagine.

You can find out more about these materials here

http://www.makism3d.com/products/materials

So you have these ideas, the printer and the material but now you have to design these things, how and where do you do it?  You can connect Makism3D’s Wideboy printers to any computer with Windows 8.1 using the 3D printing app through WIFI or USB.  You can download the 3D builder for free at the Microsoft appstore.  With this, you can share print templates with your friends or across the internet with people you don’t know, if you like it you can use it.  If you don’t like what they have made, you can build on or design and share your own creations, or keep them all for yourself, it’s up to you.  Some designs included are Lego style bricks, trains, buttons, cookie cutters and more.

For those of us that are more familiar with computers, photo editing or CAD programs, there is a vast array of applications that support 3D printing and their formats.  Programs such as the already mentioned Microsoft 3D Builder, AutoCAD, Maya, Rhino3D, SolidWorks and more will support 3D printing formats such as STL, OBJ, 3MF and more.  Are you starting to see what you can make?

All I have read in the past and looking into these printers from Makism 3D have done nothing but increase my interest in Makism 3D’s Wideboy 3D printers.  I hope to be able to get one soon, then I can make tons of stuff.  Check out Makism 3D at http://www.makism3d.com/

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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.
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Enter to Win a 7 Port USB 3 Hub from Anker http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-to-win-a-7-port-usb-3-hub-from-anker/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-to-win-a-7-port-usb-3-hub-from-anker/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40863 [...]

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This week we kick off our 2nd giveaway in April and this is for an Anker Uspeed 7 port USB 3 hub.  I often run into a situation particularly with laptops where the 2 or 3 USB ports are simply not enough.  You need 1 port for a headset, another for a mouse, another for an USB flash drive or external drive and you need more ports, what about your camera, charging your iPad or Tablet and if you have a separate higher quality USB Webcam?  This is where a USB hub is of value and this 7 port USB 3 hub is flat and accompanies a laptop or a desktop system well.  Many older desktop systems may not have very many USB 3 ports, even my older desktop had 2 USB 3 ports and 6 USB 2 ports, so this hub extends and gives you more USB  3 ports.
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Enter for a Chance to Win a 7 Port USB 3 Hub from Anker


Just do the above entries and the more entries you complete, the better your odds of winning.  Good luck to all who enter.

 

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Moving Apps to SDCard with Android Devices http://www.dragonblogger.com/moving-apps-to-sdcard-with-android-devices/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/moving-apps-to-sdcard-with-android-devices/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=40853 Author information
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One of the common questions I saw come to me over the last week was how to move Android applications off of the internal storage to the SDCard for Android tablets that support MicroSD Cards.  In Android 2.2 and later you can go into the application and if the application supports it, you can actually move it so the install location is migrated to the SDCard so it frees up room on your internal storage.

Moving Apps to SDCard in Android

  • First you go into your general Android Settings
  • Then Click on Appsimage

Then one by one select the applications and you should see a “Move to SDCard” button to the left of Clear data.  If the Application supports being moved to the SD Card then you will see this button lit up and you can press it.  Once you press it, it will say moving as in the below image, and you have to wait until it completes.

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After it completes the button will change from a Move to SDCard to a Move to Tablet which basically is if you want to move the application back to the local storage of the tablet so it isn’t on the SDCard anymore.

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In your apps screen, you can scroll through your options to specifically see which applications are downloaded, and which ones are On SD Card.

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Remember, not all applications support being moved to the SDCard but this is a good way to help free up your Android internal storage if you have an Android tablet or phone that supports a MicroSD Card this could help you install more applications, games and store more files without the need to purge and do as much cleanup if you like to have a lot of applications or games installed.

If you have any Android tablet that supports a MicroSD card with 8GB or 4GB of Internal Storage this feature is really one that is needed and you will likely take advantage of.  I just wish my 16GB iPad had MicroSD Card support and I could do this with my iPad as I constantly am running out of room on my older iPad 2.

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