Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Enter to Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-200-amazon-gift-card/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-200-amazon-gift-card/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44193 Welcome to the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! We aren’t just busy giving away gadgets, we hear it when the fans sometimes just want to win cold hard cash or gift cards.  This is why I partnered with some other bloggers including Giveaway Promote to help offer our chance for readers to win a $200 [...]

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Welcome to the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

We aren’t just busy giving away gadgets, we hear it when the fans sometimes just want to win cold hard cash or gift cards.  This is why I partnered with some other bloggers including Giveaway Promote to help offer our chance for readers to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card (or $200 PayPal cash if you live outside the U.S.).  So enter below and see if you will be that one lucky person who will win the $200 Amazon Gift Card.

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Let us know what you will do if you are the lucky winner and recipient of the $200 Amazon Gift Card!

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Fuse: Transfer Video Between Phone and Camtasia Studio with Ease http://www.dragonblogger.com/fuse-transfer-video-phone-camtasia-studio-ease/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/fuse-transfer-video-phone-camtasia-studio-ease/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44098 Transfer files between your phone and Camtasia Studio software with ease with the Fuse app for mobile devices

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With smartphone cameras having better resolution than ever, so many people are using their camera’s to record video now.  Well for those of you who do video recordings on your iPhone or Android camera and use Camtasia Studio to edit and process your video’s before uploading them to YouTube, Screencast or wherever else you may find the Fuse app to be just what you need.  Fuse which is a free application you can download here http://www.techsmith.com/fuse.html for your mobile operating system of choice not only facilitates the easy transfer of video or pictures from your mobile device to Camtasia Studio but also will do recording and take screenshots for you. The app has a noteable feature on iOS where you can pause and resume in the same recording before you commit and save it off as a recorded file.  This helps avoid having to create multiple video files when using the built in camera app for the iPhone or iPad for example.

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Pairing your Fuse application with Camtasia Studio is easy, you just make sure your mobile device and PC running Camtasia studio are on the same network.  Then in Camtasia Studio you click on File > Connect Mobile Device and you will be presented with a popup with instructions to download the Fuse app for your smartphone and with a QR code that you scan with your Fuse app so that it pairs your smartphone Fuse app with your Camtasia studio installation.

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After you pair you will set your Camtasia Studio connection name, and I confirmed your Fuse app can be paired with multiple separate Camtasia Studio installs if you have it setup on more than one machine for example.

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While in the Fuse app you now have the ability to either start transferring any existing screenshots and video from your library, or simply start capturing new recordings or screenshots.

 

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After you do a recording, like for my test I recorded video on my kids from their Karate class.  It transferred the video from the phone directly into Camtasia Studio in seconds and was right there ready for you to add to your timeline and start editing the video.

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Fuse is an excellent app if you do a lot of recording on your Android or iOS device and want to easily bring that video into your Camtasia Studio application without the hassle of having to either plugin your device and copy over the files via USB cable or even the hassle of uploading to Dropbox or another cloud storage service, then wait for it to sync there only to copy it back to your PC to import into Camtasia studio.  It saves you several steps and allows you to immediately start editing your video and/or photos faster with Camtasia.

The downside is that if you do recording with a dedicated video camera then this the Fuse app pretty much doesn’t do anything for you, you are still just manually using USB or other mechanism to transfer your files from camera to PC.  I would suspect that as more camera’s are coming with Android Operating System installed we will start seeing this as an option for Android based dedicated digital camera’s as well in the near future if not capable already.  Overall the recording app may be worth using if you just want the pause/unpause functionality in the the recorder though I wish when you hit the record button it gives you a timer or waits a little bit before immediately recording.

The other thing is you can also import the video and images to Camtasia SnagIT or Relay, not just Camtasia Studio if you use those applications as well.

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Camtasia Studio is an awesome video editing tool and I have used it for years, I highly recommend it though am waiting for it to support larger video files when it becomes a 64 bit application and it still has occasional crashes with very large avi files or when doing many edits on long (45 minute plus) video files, but it is still highly recommended and I love the software.

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Dragon Touch A1 and R93 Android Tablet Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragon-touch-a1-r93-android-tablet-giveaway/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragon-touch-a1-r93-android-tablet-giveaway/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:21:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44183 This is your chance to enter an android tablet giveaway where you could win either a Dragon Touch A1 or Dragon Touch R93 android tablet.

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Tablet Express has once again partnered with us here at DragonBlogger.com to help giveaway 2 more Android tablets in this new giveaway.  The two models are the Dragon Touch A1 10.1” Android tablet and the Dragon Touch R93 9” Android tablet.  The winners will be chosen at random and the first entry chosen gets the A1 with the 2nd winner getting the R93.  Both are excellent budget Android tablets and I can tell you that I myself and many of our editing staff have been testing various Dragon Touch Android tablet models over the past 6 months and have been very impressed.

You get a lot of value for your investment when picking up these tablets, and if you need a 2nd Android tablet in the house or a tablet for the kids, this is a great low cost tablet option that gives the full Google Play and Android experience.

Enter for your chance to win the Dragon Touch A1 or R93

Dragon Touch A1 and R93 Android Tablet Giveaway

Check out Victor’s review of the Dragon Touch A1 too: http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragon-touch-a1-dual-core-10-1-android-tablet-tablet-express-review/

You can also see Brian’s unboxing of the R93 (he is still working on the review!)

Do you have a preference on which one you hope you win?

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Enter the Etekcity T142 Gaming Mouse Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/win-etekcity-t142/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/win-etekcity-t142/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:01 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44160 As was announced on the Newsletter over a week ago, the Etekcity T142 Gaming Mouse Giveaway is live and this is your chance to get a new gaming mouse for those who have been needing a mouse upgrade, or just feel like a more responsive gaming mouse. Our very own Victor Salazar reviewed the T142 [...]

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As was announced on the Newsletter over a week ago, the Etekcity T142 Gaming Mouse Giveaway is live and this is your chance to get a new gaming mouse for those who have been needing a mouse upgrade, or just feel like a more responsive gaming mouse.

Our very own Victor Salazar reviewed the T142 a few weeks back as well and was completely honest telling readers just how much he liked this mouse!

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Enter for your chance to win the Etekcity T142 Gaming mouse and let Etekcity know that you want us to keep giving away more Mice!
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You can also check out Victor’s review of the mouse here: http://www.dragonblogger.com/etekcity-scroll-t-142-optical-gaming-mouse-review/

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Top 5 Free-to-Play Games http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-free-play-games/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-free-play-games/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44051 With game prices on the rise it was obvious that more free-to-play games had to be developed. When one hears the name ‘free-to-play’ it is natural that people will think that the game will literally suck at everything. But game developers defied the critics in these examples. Free-to-play games are now a lot better compared to their [...]

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With game prices on the rise it was obvious that more free-to-play games had to be developed. When one hears the name ‘free-to-play’ it is natural that people will think that the game will literally suck at everything. But game developers defied the critics in these examples. Free-to-play games are now a lot better compared to their predecessors. These games provide as much entertainment as their pricey competitors in the same space as well.

And now more than ever, there is not a large difference in the quality between free and paid games. For example, the difference between FIFA World (Beta) and FIFA 14 isn’t much but there is a difference in the number of bugs in both the games.

Nevertheless,  here’s a list of top 5 popular Free-to-play games.

1.) Dota 2

Number one on our list is Dota 2. Dota 2 is a 2013 real-time strategy and multiplayer online battle arena and the successor of Defense of the ancients (Dota) and Warcraft 3. The game was originally developed by Valve Corporation and was released for Windows on July 9,2013 and for the OSX and Linux on July 18,2013.
The game features a battle between two 5 player teams placed on each side of the map and each team has a building called the ‘Ancient’. The opposing team has to destroy it to win the match. The player also has to collect the valuable collectibles throughout the game. Dota 2 has become the most actively played game on Steam, with daily peaks of over 800,000 concurrent players. It can be downloaded for free from Steam.

2.) League Of Legends

League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena released for the Windows and OS X. It’s a video game developed and published by Riot Games inspired by the Defence of the ancients. The game was first announced on October 7, 2008 and released on October 27, 2009.
In League of Legends, players assume the role of a character, called a “champion”, with unique abilities, battling with a team against other player or computer-controlled champions. In the most popular game modes, each team’s goal is to destroy the opposing team’s ‘nexus’, a building which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends game is discrete, with all champions starting off each game fairly weak and progressing by accumulating gold and experience over the course of the game. There’s also an annual League of Legends Championship, which in 2013 generated prize money of $1 million and attracted a viewership of 32 million. It can be downloaded from their official website.

3.) Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to the original mod Team Fortress and its GoldSrc engine remake. The game was released for Xbox 360 and Windows on October 10, 2007. Later a PS3 version was released on November 22, 2007. The game was later released as a standalone package for Windows on April 8, 2008, for OS X two years later, and for Linux on February 14, 2013.
Team Fortress 2, as its predecessors, is based on the battle for supremacy pitched between two opposing teams, Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU). Players can choose from a set of nine different character classes each having its own advantages and disadvantages. The basic elements of each class are the same as all of them have one primary weapon, secondary weapon and melee weapon. It can be downloaded from Steam.

4.) World of Tanks

World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Belarusian company Wargaming.net featuring early to mid-20th century era fighting vehicles. It was released on August 12, 2010 but was officially available world-wide on September 5, 2013. It was released for Xbox Live Arcade on February 12, 2014 and for the iOS on June 26, 2014.
The player takes control of a single armored vehicle of his or her choosing, and is placed into a battle on a random map, though map selection may vary with different game modes. The player has control over the vehicle’s movement, firing, and can communicate with other players through typed or voice chat, and several preset actions that give tactical instructions visible to only their team. The player can choose from 6 different types of battle modes. It is labeled as free-to-play but has a payment option for ‘premium’ features. It can be downloaded from its official website.

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FIFA World is a free-to-play massive multiplayer online football (soccer) game by Electronic Arts. It was announced on August 9, 2013 and later open beta on November 12th, 2013 in Brazil and Russia. It was launched for global beta on May 20th, 2014.
The game is divided into 2 modes i.e League Teams Modes and Ultimate Team Mode. 
League teams mode allows player to progress through with an original team existing in the game. It starts from Division 10. Players can make changes to the original squad before playing the match. They can progress to the next division by winning the title or simply getting enough points for promotion.
Ultimate team mode or simply known as ‘FUT’ allows a player to play through online seasons with a team ranked as a bronze team in the beginning. The team is allocated to the player after he selects his own favourite club and a gold player is allocated to him from his favourite club.  These teams can then be used in either and Offline or Online Seasons Mode, Tournament Mode or Play a Friend. Each week a new Team of the week is released within ultimate team, this gives players a chance to get upgraded players for a limited time period.
FIFA World is authentic, with over 16,000 real players from 600 real clubs and 31 fully licensed leagues.

It can be downloaded from EA’s Origin application.

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Top 5 Recent Indie Games You Need To Play http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-recent-indie-games-need-play/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-recent-indie-games-need-play/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44030 Most of the time, the games we play are created by hundreds if not thousands of developers and huge Companies. Sure, these games are great and all but that is not always the case. In recent years the trend of independent game development has increased rapidly and thats a good thing. Indie game developers dont [...]

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I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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Most of the time, the games we play are created by hundreds if not thousands of developers and huge Companies. Sure, these games are great and all but that is not always the case. In recent years the trend of independent game development has increased rapidly and thats a good thing. Indie game developers dont have to fear having to keep a company alive. They can get a working prototype and get the fans to fund it. If they like it, they’ll fund it, otherwise they won’t. So, most of these fan funded Indie games a successes. Another merit of these games is that they encourage innovation and all sorts of new gameplay modes that you just will not find in AAA games. So without further pointless reading, lets get to our list of he 5 Indie games you must play…

5. Surgeon Simulator

Surgeon Simulator was originally developed in 48 hours for The Global Game Jam, however after that the developers spent another 28 days to complete and polish the commercial version. It was released through Steam on Windows PC but later made its way through to the iPad. The game is NOT supposed to be a serious and realistic simulator, hence you are placed in the shoes of a fictional surgeon and play the game in First person view. There were 2 DLC released for the game, which were free. The game is quite funny and a great way to pass some time. Though personally once you’ve invested several hours into the game, it might get repetitive for you, but still its a great buy considering that its just $9.99 on Steam

4.  Don’t Starve

Don’t starve is in its core a survival game set in an unknown wilderness. You play as Wilson. Your goal is to keep Wilson mentally stable, fed and healthy. The game was first released to Windows PC through Steam then later to Sony’s Playstation 4. Further ports are planned and in development. The major elements of the game are the rouge-like elements (permanent death) and randomly generated terrain in every play. You can get it now for only $14.99

3. Gone Home

Developed and published by the Fullbright Company, Gone Home is a first-person interactive story adventure video game. Basically you (the protagonist) return home after a year abroad but your house in now empty and no one is here. Therefore you must yourself unravel the mystery and possibly find your family. The game takes place in the year 1995. You can get it on Steam for $24.99

2. Stanley Parable

You’ve probably heard of this one if you were online a year ago, it was being praised by everyone. If you haven’t played it till now you might want to. This indie game shows that to make a memorable and satisfying game you don’t need huge explosions and enemies; even a strong narration can be enough to turn a boring walking game into something extraordinary. Get it now on Steam for $14.99.

1. Risk of Rain

Risk Of Rain is also a game on our list with roguelike elements. Its is an action platformer. The more time you invest in the game the harder it gets, and when ever you start a new game you are greeted with a randomly generated world, which according to the developers, Keeps the replay ability high and fresh. The game also allows multiplayer mode. You can get the game now on Steam for $9.99.

 

Well, I hope you folks enjoyed reading that list, and found something new to play. Share it with your fellow gamers and see what they’ve played. See you later!

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I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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Facebook Policy Changes and The Effect on Giveaways and Sweepstakes http://www.dragonblogger.com/facebook-policy-changes-effect-giveaways-sweepstakes/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/facebook-policy-changes-effect-giveaways-sweepstakes/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:56:23 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44140 So last week Facebook announced some clear policy changes that were provided to API developers and particularly these are about crushing Like Gates and removing “incentivized liking” of fanpages.  What this means to bloggers and sweepstakes folks is that you no longer can require someone to like a fanpage to enter a sweepstakes, and you [...]

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So last week Facebook announced some clear policy changes that were provided to API developers and particularly these are about crushing Like Gates and removing “incentivized liking” of fanpages.  What this means to bloggers and sweepstakes folks is that you no longer can require someone to like a fanpage to enter a sweepstakes, and you can no longer grant them entries in a giveaway or sweepstakes in exchange for a like of a fanpage.  Facebook claims to be doing this to make sure people like pages because they would normally want to follow that pages, not just because they are following an incentive and while there is some truth to this, this does directly mean that businesses will likely have to spend more on Facebook ad credits to promote their page to increase likes to offset the potential loss of likes through giveaways.

For us here at DragonBlogger, where we partner with brands to giveaway awesome gadgets in exchange for our brands getting some more recognition and fans this requires us to make some changes after the November 5th deadline, but rest assured we have already found ways to continue to offer our brands value and increased audience even with these new Facebook policies.

First, I queried several of the biggest sweepstakes platforms and received responses from most of them.  I want to say all of the sweepstakes platforms are SUPER responsive and every single one responded within an hour or less of me sending my inquiry for information.

 

Woobox Response to Facebook Policy Changes

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Woobox didn’t have a published response in their blog, but we reached out to them directly about this and this was their response.

Facebook’s new policy prohibits requiring or incentivizing for Liking a page. By November 5th, all required liking will be removed and converted to requested like to comply with Facebook policy and the technical changes Facebook is implementing to prevent fangating. Requested like will still show the like button but if the user does not click it they will still be able to enter a promotion. We have seen customers have great success with requesting likes instead of requiring them since we implemented that option on Woobox a while back. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and Blog as we will make several announcements over the next 90 days with regard to replacement functionality.

Thank you for your interest in Woobox!

Basically Woobox is also removing Like Gate and by November 5th, likes will still be offered, but won’t grant any entry and will just be a requested component, you can enter a giveaway without liking, they can’t validate a like as an entry.  So my guess is people most familiar with Woobox will still just continue to like in good faith since it will be on the same page they enter their email and name.  This I think is the best and least intrusive option I think to consumers who run giveaways.

 

PromoSimple Response to Policy Changes

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PromoSimple wrote in a blog post shortly after the statements that said effectively immediately Like Gating will be removed, and they were still working on how to handle the “like a page” entry option come November 5th, they didn’t say specifically whether it will be removed, or altered to match what Woobox told us they were doing which I think is probably the best method in my opinion.  You can read PromoSimple’s response to the Facebook Policy Changes here http://blog.promosimple.com/tips/facebook-says-like-gates/

 

Gleam.io Response to Policy Changes

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Gleam.io responded with a blog post on their site that likewise mentioned immediate removal of all like gating, but they also talked about removing Facebook likes as entries and once again argued that they have the most flexible giveaway platform that integrates into more services than any other platform out there.  Including Twitch, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo and also further expanded direct mailing list integrations for more mailing list providers.  I continued to add feedback and suggestions on possibly adding a new category of entries like “requested” but not required or optional and clearly spell out no entry granted, but we shall see if that gets implemented.  You can read Gleam’s response here: http://blog.gleam.io/goodbye-facebook-like-gating/

 

Rafflecopter Response to Policy Changes

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Rafflecopter also responded with the removal of like gates and is also looking at removal of the like entry in their blog post, but they said they are looking at it.  They also mentioned that the Facebook Flash Giveaway app which allows you to run giveaways on your fanpage based on people leaving a comment is not against ToS and will remain fully operational!  Read more here: http://blog.rafflecopter.com/2014/08/facebook-platform-policy-updates/

Note, Rafflecopter is the only one of the platforms that offers the free Facebook Flash Giveaway app which I really like, but the only limitation is it can only see the last 7 posts on your fanpage, so your giveaway must be one of the last 7 posts or you can’t leverage it, so it isn’t viable if you post many times per day on your fanpage.

In Summary

I believe all of the platforms will eventually work to continue to have a like button, but they will alter so that it will not provide any entry, will not be required and won’t likely have a validation.  Since if you can validate it, you can disqualify someone who didn’t do it, which would violate that you can’t require it.  What this means is that most of the fans who enter your sweepstakes or platforms, will still probably be willing to follow your brand or sponsor at a request, even if it doesn’t provide an entry.  There may be some who don’t, I have seen some who skip over optional entries or even requested ones, but majority will.  This also though is a great opportunity for sweepstakes bloggers and others to diversify their social media channels, if you put all your eggs in the Facebook fanpage basket, this is your time to branch out into newsletters (mailing lists), Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media channels.  It is a mistake to only vest in a single social network since at any time a policy change or a ban could negate that network for you, so you should be diversifying anyway.

The other thing is you can always manually embed your brand/sponsors Facebook like buttons above the giveaway platform and request the like your brands before they enter, even if the platform doesn’t wind up offering the like buttons anymore.

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Most Pirated Software, Games and Shows of 2014 http://www.dragonblogger.com/pirated-software-games-shows-2014/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/pirated-software-games-shows-2014/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44003 Piracy, a problem that is too common in the cyber world and a lot of people are annoyed by it. Among those annoyed are developers and consumers both. When a person buys an expensive game or software and someone he knows pirated it for free, then it will create the misconception of pirating the software in [...]

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Piracy, a problem that is too common in the cyber world and a lot of people are annoyed by it. Among those annoyed are developers and consumers both. When a person buys an expensive game or software and someone he knows pirated it for free, then it will create the misconception of pirating the software in place of buying it. This is an experience that happens to many people. This is why piracy is on the rise.

Fact About Piracy!

According to a research, most pirated software demand an activation key in spite of being pirated. This doesn’t seem very much of an obstacle as anyone can copy it down from the internet or it already comes with the software. But, some ground facts say that the ‘Activation Key’ method poses a potential threat to data security. 65% of the pirated software samples tested positive for more than one category of malware. 24% pirated samples of Windows XP Professional were found infected with “Trojan Back Orifice” which enables remote access and control of a device. What’s more, 90% of these samples gave a “false positive” result in anti-piracy checks, passing off as a genuine product.

Here are a few products/software/games that have been pirated the most in 2014:

Adobe Photoshop Adobe

Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. The relation between Adobe Photoshop and piracy is not very rare. In fact, probably the most popular among pirated software. Adobe Photoshop’s price ranges from 9.99$/month to 29.99$/month, but it’s obviously free as it is mostly pirated. The last stable release came in on June 18, 2014.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Finale

The TV fantasy drama storyline based on the book series by author George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones 4 has broken piracy records. Blog TorrentFreak found that 12 hours after the episode was aired on TV in the US, it was downloaded illegally an estimated 1.5 million times. A few hours after the first part of season four’s final chapter appeared on illegal file-sharing sites, the Demonii tracker reported that 254,114 people were sharing at the same time. The previous record was also held by Game of Thrones for the season 3 finale, with more than 200,000 people sharing at a time.

Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator is a third-person perspective simulation video game developed by Coffee Stain Studios. It was released for Microsoft Windows via Steam on 1 April 2014, and ports for Mac OS X and Linux were released on 27 June 2014. Who knew that a simulator might have been this popular and who knows maybe it is probably the most pirated simulation game. The invincible goat spread a raging fire for its demand on torrent and other game piracy sites. According to some sources, it had been ruling the piracy charts for 1-2 and some say even 3 months. The game still manages it’s way to make its way in the top 50 charts.

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Top 5 Video Game Character Cameos http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-video-game-character-cameos/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-video-game-character-cameos/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43995 We’ve all been there, one moment you’re playing a new game, the next moment you’re sitting there with your jaw on the floor because you just saw your favorite character from another game in this one. This list comprises of 5 of the best Cameos made by Video Game Characters. 5. Shadow Warrior: Lara Croft [...]

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We’ve all been there, one moment you’re playing a new game, the next moment you’re sitting there with your jaw on the floor because you just saw your favorite character from another game in this one. This list comprises of 5 of the best Cameos made by Video Game Characters.

5. Shadow Warrior: Lara Croft

We’re staring off with Shadow Warrior and the ‘insulting’ cameo of the game’s protagonist’s rival Lara Croft. So Lo Wang comes across a supposedly dead or at least unconscious and hanging Lara Croft, he then jokes about her raiding her final Tomb. There isn’t much else to this Cameo, though it would have been fun to come across this by surprise.

4. Borderlands 2: Creepers

Minecraft and Borderlands 2 are new games, as opposed to the other oldies on this list. Still, its a surprise to see the exploding Creepers from Minecraft appear suddenly in the First Person Shooter. These Creepers can be found in the Mineshaft, and you know that these Creepers are a serious matter in Borderlands when you have a wiki article dedicated to them.

3.  Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: Link

In Super Mario RPG, if we venture into the Rosa Inn, and take a closer look, we’ll spot a familiar figure. From the famous Franchise “The Legend Of Zelda”, we get the protagonist, Link. If you try to talk to him, he wont say anything, but you will get to hear some music from Zelda.

2. Punch-out! Donkey Kong

In Punch Out!! Arcade, in the audience there a few familiar faces. Including Donkey Kong. Roughly 25 years later Donkey Kong finally made an appearance as a major character in the game, in the Wii Version. Now that is called Dedication.

1. GTA III / Driv3r

This one is seriously a good one and hence was saved for last. Two different characters, appearing in each others’ games. It started off with Rockstar releasing Grand Theft Auto III and including a minor antagonist called Tanner, he used to drive a 70′s Muscle car and the best part was that he was animated rather strangely than the other characters. In fact, the animation was a blow to the Driver’s Protagonist also named Tanner.   Once everyone had a nice laugh, out came the nightmarish Driv3r, and it brought along this weirdly modeled character named Timmy Vermicelli. Just take a look at the image of him below, it seems like they really wanted to get back at Rockstar and GTA III (which might be a cause for the epic failure of Driv3r ). Not only does he have the signature Shirt, but abnormally huge arms along with waterwings, insulting the original Tommy Vercetti for the fact that he wasn’t coded to swim. Tell us what you think about these funny little additions and cameos from protagonists/antagonists and even minor side kicks from other games into the ones we all love and play. Which Cameo is your favourite?

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Dragon Touch A1 Dual Core 10.1″ Android Tablet by Tablet Express Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragon-touch-a1-dual-core-10-1-android-tablet-tablet-express-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragon-touch-a1-dual-core-10-1-android-tablet-tablet-express-review/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:07:21 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44060 A great entry level Android powered tablet that won't break the bank it is an excellent value for the cost but it's lack of HD display and low resolution camera's may not satisfy everyone.

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Dragon Touch A1 Dual Core 10.1" Tablet Hey there friends.  Our good friends at Tablet Express have provided the DragonBlogger team with the Dragon Touch A1 Dual Core 10.1″ Tablet to try out and review.  Now, while there are many brands and variety of tablets for the everyday consumer, Tablet Express is looking to carve a piece of that market for themselves with their very affordable Android powered tablets.  While there are some things that the Dragon Touch tablet does extremely well, it’s does lack in certain areas.  What the table lacks, it more than made up for in price.  So before we go into my experience with the Dragon Touch A1 Dual Core 10.1″ Tablet, let’s talk specs.

  • Allwinner A23 CORTEX A7 Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU
  • Google Android Jellybean Operating System
  • 10.1″ 1024  x 600 Pixel Resolution Display
  • 5 Finger Multi-Touch Display
  • 512MB/1GB DDR RAM(Depending on model)
  • 8GB/16GB Internal Storage (Depending on model)
  • 0.3 MP Front Facing Camera and 2.0 MP Rear Facing Camera
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Connectivity
  • G-Sensor
  • 1.2 Pounds
  • 10.4 x 6.5 x 0.4 Inches

And here’s my unboxing video for the Dragon Touch A1 Tablet. First thing, the design.  The design is sleek and appealing.  The front facing side of the tablet is a crisp looking black and the rear side of the tablet is a solid white with a very spiffy looking Dragon Touch logo right in the center.  The front facing camera is discretely place on the top right side of the table and the rear facing camera is on the opposite side of front facing camera.  Sound emanates from 2 horizontal slots in the back of the tablet.  Along the sides, is the power button, 3.5 mm jack for headphones, AC adapter port, Micro USB port, and a Micro SD memory card slot.  On the top of the tablet, you’ll find the volume buttons and the return to previous page button (I incorrectly thought it was to toggle between the front and rear facing cameras). That return to previous page button is especially useful while browsing the internet.  With a click of a button, you’re taken back to the previous page. In my opinion, it’s better to tap a button to return than to tap a screen.  At 10.4 inches long, it is definitely one of the bigger tablets out there.  The only problem that I had with the design is that the sound comes out from the back of the tablet.  When listening to music or playing videos, the sound is drowned out a bit since the sound is moving away from you.

Dragon Touch A1 Tablet

Love that sleek Dragon Touch logo on the back of the tablet

The Allwinner A23 CORTEX A7 Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU is a huge plus for the Dragon Touch A1 tablet.  Games and apps run very smoothly and web pages load up fairly quickly.  Of course, internet speed all depends on your WiFi connection and network so your experience may vary but rest assured that you will not find much loading times when viewing videos and playing games.  A good reason for that may be because the games and videos are not being displayed in HD but I’ll talk more on that later.  Another great plus is where you can get those apps, the Google Play Store.  Running on the Jellybean Android System, all of what the Google Play Store has to offer is at your finger tips.  You can easily access the play store and have apps up and running in no time.  And, because you can expand your storage space via the Micro SD slot, you’ll have loads of space to download and customize your Dragon Touch tablet to be truly yours.  And as for that Micro SD slot… Not only can you expand on the memory of the Dragon Touch A1 Tablet, you can transfer files back and forth from the tablet and any other compatible device.  Personally, I think it’s a great feature to be able to transfer files to your tablet.  Especially music and video files.  This will allow you to watch movies and listen to music even when you are not connected to a WiFi network.  That’s a huge plus since there are other tablets that require you to upload to a cloud service before allowing them to be transferred to the tablet.  It’s just a pain to do that so being able to transfer files via Micro SD card or the Micro USB cable is a huge.  Another plus for the Micro USB port is that it does work as a charging port.  If for whatever reason you end up losing your AC adapter, you can rely on your trusty Micro USB cable to charge up the Dragon Touch A1 Tablet.  The only negative side effect of charging the tablet is that there is no indicator light stating that it’s charging.  So I had to press the power button more than a few times to be assured that the Dragon Touch was, in fact, charging. Now some of the shortcomings… the big one, for me anyways, are the low resolution cameras.  The front facing camera is a measly 0.3 MP camera and the rear camera has a low 2 MP resolution.  Some of the first camera phones sported at least a 2 MP resolution camera so it’s a bit surprising that the front facing camera is only 0.3 MP.  Because the resolution on the camera is so low, don’t expect to get any good quality shots with this Dragon Touch A1 Tablet.  Mind you, having a camera on your tablet is a luxury and not a necessity, but not having a good quality camera is quite a bummer.  Especially if you wanted to Skype or do any kind of streaming or video conferencing.  The quality of your video is simply not up to par with some of the other tablets on the market.  Pictures and videos can easily be shared from the tablet to social media but I doubt you’ll be doing it much since the pictures are of low quality.

Dragon Touch A1 Picture Resolution

Picture taken with the Dragon Touch A1 rear facing camera.

The other shortcoming is the screen resolution.  For a 10.1 inch tablet, you would expect that the resolution on the display would be more than 1024 x 600.  At the very least, a larger screen should have the power and capacity to display video in true HD but because the Dragon Touch A1 tablet has a resolution of only 1024 x 600, this tablet does not.  By sacrificing HD resolution, games, apps, web browsing, and video streams all run fairly smoothly and with practically no load times but if you’re one of those that just has to have HD quality videos, you won’t find it in the Dragon Touch A1 tablet. So where do I think this tablet falls?  I think it’s a great starter tablet.  It has everything that you need to be able to browse the web, download the latest games from the Google Play store, stream videos, play music, and much, much more.  But if you’re looking for a powerhouse of a machine with a high resolution display and camera, this is not for you.  Considering that the tablet has a low price point, I would strongly recommend this tablet for the young ones or the elderly.  The screen is large enough for worn eyes to see but the tablet is not overwhelming.  Young ones will love the fact that their have a big screen to play their favorite games while having access to the internet and being able to interact through social media.  And because young ones love taking pictures, they will not mind the low resolution of the cameras.  Though Tablet Express has built a solid device with the Dragon Touch A1 Dual Core 10.1″ Tablet, there is much left to be desired. Dragon Blogger Note: Consider that the Dragon Touch A1 is a budget Android tablet for consumers and has a price of $89.99 on Amazon right now, but if you want a higher resolution tablet you can look at the Dragon Touch R97x which we did a review of recently as well and it has a 2048×1536 resolution.

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Tesoro Releases True 5.1 Gaming Headset – Kυνέη.pro http://www.dragonblogger.com/tesoro-releases-true-5-1-gaming-headset-k%ce%ad-pro/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/tesoro-releases-true-5-1-gaming-headset-k%ce%ad-pro/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:05:11 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44066 August 14, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Kυνέη.pro true 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. With a total of 8 drivers (4 in each ear cup) and fully customizable control of every channel, the Kυνέη.pro immerses the player into the battlefield by providing [...]

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August 14, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Kυνέη.pro true 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. With a total of 8 drivers (4 in each ear cup) and fully customizable control of every channel, the Kυνέη.pro immerses the player into the battlefield by providing realistic, directional audio.

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Gain the Tactical Advantage

Named after the helmet of the Greek god of the underworld, Hades, the Kυνέη allowed its wearer to turn invisible to gain the tactical advantage in battle. Much like the mythological Kυνέη, the Kυνέη.pro allows its wearers to gain the advantage over their enemies by letting gamers pinpoint enemy movements, such as footsteps, before the enemy sees them.

Customizable Audio Control

Each ear cup of the Kυνέη.pro contains 1 subwoofer, 1 center speaker, 1 front speaker, and one rear speaker, to truly provide directional sound. Each channel (Voice / Front / Rear/ Cen. / Sub.) can be customized via the removable in-line control. The controller also allows gamers to instantly turn off the microphone or speaker. Additionally, for those looking for even more, the Kυνέη.pro can be switched to virtual 7.1 surround sound audio mode.
The unidirectional noise canceling microphone blocks out distracting noise for crystal clear chatting.

Comfortable Fit

The Tesoro logo embroidered headband with a leather lining is adjustable to fit any size. Both the headband and ear cups are padded with memory foam for a comfortable and personal fit. The ear cups can be folded in, for easy and safe transport when heading out to LAN parties or gaming competitions.

Tesoro Style

Stylish aluminum plates with a laser cut Tesoro face line the sides of the Kυνέη.pro. The eye of the Tesoro face as well as the in-line control feature purple LED illumination.

Price and Availability

The Tesoro Kυνέη.pro will be available at the end of August for USD 109 at Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, NCIX.

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More information of the Tesoro Kυνέη.pro can be found here:

http://www.tesorotec.com/gaming-audio/tesoro-k.pro-true-5.1-gaming-headsets.html

About Tesoro Technology USA Inc.

Established in 2011, Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multinational gaming enthusiasts with over 30 years industry experience with one objective – make ultra-durable products that give the best gaming experience. To achieve this, Tesoro conceptualizes products from the input and feedback from the gaming community, and then builds them using the highest grade components. As a gamers company, Tesoro continues to expand into new horizons and push the limit further with each product unveiling. To learn more visit Tesoro’s website: http://www.tesorotec.com.

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Top 3 Antivirus Programs of 2014 http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-3-antivirus-programs-2014/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-3-antivirus-programs-2014/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:00:16 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44000 Malicious content that is harmful for your data security and PC somehow always manages to sneak in our computer regardless of how overprotective we are of our little Mr. Computer, and corrupt our data. Viruses are located everywhere from downloads to cracked software or games. Evidently, there is no way you can escape even the [...]

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Malicious content that is harmful for your data security and PC somehow always manages to sneak in our computer regardless of how overprotective we are of our little Mr. Computer, and corrupt our data. Viruses are located everywhere from downloads to cracked software or games. Evidently, there is no way you can escape even the little minions of viruses. Apparently, there is a solution to your virus problems and there’s a savior with the name of Anti-Virus software. Anti Virus software is a computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious computer viruses. Most software described as antivirus also works against other types of malware, such as malicious Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers, fraudtools, adware and spyware. However, AntiVirus have some drawbacks and that is sometimes their complexity. Inexperienced users often take decisions to open or deploy certain items by turning off certain options, such as Sandbox and etc. An incorrect decision may lead to a security breach. Here are some famous and versatile Anti Viruses:

Symantec Norton Anti Virus

Norton Anti Virus, developed and distributed by Symantec Corporation, provides malware prevention and removal during a subscription period. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features include e-mail spam filtering and phishing protection. Norton Anti Virus is distributed by Symantec as a download, box copy and as a OEM Software. Norton Anti Virus runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Norton 360 is the standard which allows you to protect 3 PC’s with a single user license and supports all Windows versions from XP to Windows 8.1.

AVAST!

Antivirus Avast! is an antivirus computer program available to Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Linux users, with a user interface available in 41 languages. Avast is available on a number of platforms which include, Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, Windows Server Edition, Android. Avast! is more popularly known for its upper hand on quick scans compared to its competitors. Every version of Avast has a different set of options and tools at its disposal, among which the ‘Premier’ version tops the chart. The free version of Avast! is available, but has the lowest amount of options and tools that come with it.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antivirus software product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not on Windows 8, which has a built-in Anti Virus component. The license agreement allows home users and small businesses to install and use the product free of charge. It replaces Windows Live OneCare, a discontinued commercial subscription-based AV service, and the free Windows Defender, which until Windows 8 only protected users from adware and spyware. It automatically checks for and downloads the virus definitions it relies on from Microsoft Update. Its available on a wide range of Microsoft OSs including, Windows XP, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Windows 7 on 32 and 64-bit versions. It also comes with the flexibility of converting between 33-languages. It considered one of the best (and official) pairing with Windows 7.

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