So yes, we finally spent those 100 euros and got ourselves an Apple TV! We are so happy we did it. It had been the perfect investment we did during the year 2013. When you read this article, you will see why.
First of all, Apple TV is just a small black box (does not occupy any space at all!) which connects to your regular TV. This black box creates wonders only in the presence of Internet connection. So yes, in order to be able to benefit from an Apple TV and the many channels in offers, you definitely need to have a high speed Internet connection. The set-up process of Apple TV is very easy. I won't go over all these details here, just follow what's written inside the user manual and you will be fine. What I will tell you in this article is what you can do with your Apple TV.
First of all, the greatest advantage of having an Apple TV is the ability to be able to watch newly released films with high resolution. You do not need to go to the movie center, you do not need to rent or buy a dvd at a high price. These movies which come with Apple TV cost maximum 6 euros. All you need to do is to buy or rent the movie on Apple TV whenever you want and enjoy your movie night at the comfort of your house. Let me tell you about the differences between buying a film and renting a film on Apple TV. Once you rent a movie on Apple TV, you can start watching it anytime you want within a month. However, once you start watching it, you will only have 48 hours to finish the movie. If you prefer to buy a movie, you can watch and re-watch the movie at any time you want.
In addition to movie rentals and purchases, Apple TV also features a variety of channels. You can get connected to radio stations and start listening to music from the 60s or 70s. There are numerous podcasts which you can subscribe to and listen. There is also a Japanese anime channel (named Crunchyroll) which allows anime enthusiasts to watch their favorite cartoons in original Japanese language with English subtitles.
My husband and I are two adults but when it comes to iPad we are alike two kids who cannot share the one single precious toy. Well, this was the situation until a postman brought a brand new iPad mini into our lives!
Yes, it has been a little bit of an expensive online purchase on our side, but it’s definitely worth the price. First of all, it is much thinner and lighter (and of course smaller) compared to the regular iPad. Unlike the regular iPad, it fits perfectly into your palm and has the ideal screen size for reading. This mini iPad, which you can carry in your bag without feeling its weight, can easily become your favorite book, favorite magazine, favorite online game, favorite everything. Yes, it is a very light all-in-one technology!
Reading an e-book in any language is made a lot easier on an iPad mini since there is an embedded multi-language dictionary program, which is a perk of the new improved operation system. This definitely makes things more convenient for me especially when I go for a long flight or a bus ride. I just download the latest e-books in English, Italian or Japanese because I know that I won’t have to carry a dictionary with me in order to be able to read in all these different languages. This iPad mini instantly allows me to learn the definition of a word by just clicking on it.
I also prefer using iPad mini as an alternative to my smartphone when it comes to taking photos or videos. The relatively bigger screen, high resolution and the ability to upload the photos/video to iCloud with just one click make this mini device very handy.
Within my work as a writer and filmmaker, I listen to plethora of media: music, podcasts, audio books, and of course video and movies. Much of the time, I’m situated on trains, aircraft, beside noisy computers, or even on yachts with masts clanking or wind blowing to add to the noise pollution with which I have to contend. Indeed, it seems that silence is a rare commodity, and therefore it was a pleasant surprise to acquire a set of RHA MA450i noise isolating in-ear headphones, with remote and microphone. These are designed for use with the iPod, IPhone, and iPad range of products.
First impressions when perusing the classy packaging alone, is one of quality. Clearly, this is a product for discerning listeners and addresses the high end of the market. The components are beautifully designed and manufactured and, with the distinctive black and silver RHA branding, certainly look the part. The braided cable at 1.5m is a refreshing change from the plastically feel of the standard Apple cables that seem to become easily entangled. The RHA’s cables are also sturdier and have a pleasant solid feel despite their flexibility. The remote with microphone is also sturdy, easily accessible, and simple to use, though takes a few minutes of familiarisation to control the volume and zip through the tracks.
In line with the high-spec nature of this product, the headphones come with a comprehensive choice of ear tips that you can use to achieve the best fit and most efficient noise isolation. And that’s where we come to the key feature of the MA450i: these are not ‘standard’ earphones by any means and not comparable in usage or sound quality. To explain further, the earphones are designed to be ‘in-ear’ so that they snuggly fit into your ear comfortably, and thus deliver not only excellent sound quality, but also virtually complete isolation from exterior ambient noise. If there is a slight downside, it does mean that you need to persevere with a bit of trial and error to select the correct ear tips, and become familiar with this type of in-ear fit. Unlike standard iPhone earplugs, the feeling of isolation is quite remarkable, and to some, might take a little getting used to. If you want to know what the sensation is like, just press your fingers to your ears and lightly make a seal.
But that’s just the beginning of the experience; the sound quality is awesome. I found all ranges of the audio spectrum impressive, but the lower end is particularly well defined such that returning to ‘standard’ earphones disconcerting. In comparison, the bass end of lower quality earphones sounds like a mushy wall of sound! That epitomises the quality of this product - once you have experienced the best, going back is a disappointing experience. A few words of warning, though: in order to achieve the best from the MA450i, you do need to select the correct ear tips and ensure the seal is good, otherwise, they’ll sound tinny and lose definition; in addition, the noise isolation is so effective that you need to be careful about your surroundings, especially if you’re out and about in the street, so read the safety tips inside the box.
Overall, a new and very positive listening experience for me, and despite all manner of noise pollution occurring outside, I can now pretty much shut it out with the RHA’s.
Everyone is different and has different goals. As explained in the book The Fast Diet a little like the author Michael Mosley I am a tofi thin on the outside and fat on the inside. Though I did have excess fat, my fat started to add in new areas from my male belly area to my back and pectorals - yuk.
And the key for me is that I have never really dieted at all before. I am keen on keeping fit but my world at the moment doesn't afford me the time to do enough and slowly (so as I didn't notice) and to allow me to eat and drink as I like to be happy. So I knew at some point I needed to do something.
I didnt like the idea of a diet mostly due to their ever too common unsustainable nature and how people YOYO on them. What's the point in going up and down - I suppose you might argue that while you are going back to where you were at least you are not worse..still not an ideal situation for all the sacrifice and hard work.
So at random my partner mentioned this new book and 'diet' not for me to diet as just in passing really and she thinks that I don't need to loose wight (though as I say I know I'm not healthy on the inside as much as I might be). If someone is well based to review diets she is, having tried almost all of them.
I've known about this book for sometime, but for some reason never bought it until very recently, so I am afraid I have been a little late to the party. Especially as this 'distopian' marvel is now in film production starring Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of an American Teenager and The Amazing Spider Man 2) and Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic). I've read extensively in this genre and loved The Hunger Games series and Lauren Oliver's Deliirium books, and have to admit I was probably ready to start reading another genre after these just for a change.
Set in the future, the world is divided into five factions. Each of the factions is different and the people that belong in them show the same traits in ther personalities. Candor - honesty, Erudite - scholary, Dauntless - brave, Abnegation- selfless and Amity - Peacekeepers.
At sixteen all children must take a test which determines which faction they have a natural affintity to and can go on and live the rest of their lives in, should they choose to. For some this does not neccessarily mean they will stay with the faction they were born and brought up in, so they must leave their parents, homes and friends they've known all their lives.
At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Beatrice Prior (Tris) who upon taking the test finds out the results are inconclusive and shows an apitude for three factions, Erudite, Dauntless and her current faction Abnegation. When this happens it's known as a divergent personality. In this world, the results are potentially a threat to Beatrice it's not explained why it's so dangerous. The results are covered up and she willingly chooses the Dauntless faction. And this is where her journey begins.
As always I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this book had my heart hammering in my chest for most of it, so I'm surprised I lived through it! To say you spend the entire story on the edge of your seat is an understatement. I must admit reading through Tris's trials during her initiation into Dauntless I thought she or anyone had to be a complete lunatic to want to give up their peaceful existence for a flying by the seat of your pants, Dauntless life, but then I guess that's why she's Dauntless and I am not!
If you've never read a Paige Toon book, then firstly where the bleep have you been hiding and secondly get yourself to your nearest book shop or download immediately to your reading device from Amazon! You might think blimey what is she on? But honestly I wouldn't be doing my job as a book reviewer if I didn't urge you to read one if not all of Paige's books, because you will become addicted. She is not your average 'chick lit' author, she has an uncanny ability to write compelling, believable characters that you want to be your friends and boyfriends. I've collected a few myself from her novels over the years, for example, Nathan from her very first novel 'Lucy in the Sky' and Luis from 'Chasing Daisy'.
There are a couple of things that I enjoy immensely about Paige's books and besides the aforementioned believability of her characters, she also inter-links them between her books, so here she re-introduces us to Laura, Will's girlfriend from 'Chasing Daisy and introduces us to Leo in the 'Longest Holiday'. When we first met Laura in her previous guise, I didn't like her very much, she seemed snooty and a bit wet. But that was probably because I was rooting for that novel's heroine. In this book, Paige's sixth full length novel, we meet Laura again, seven months into having married the so-called man of her dreams. But one day she stumbles across her husband Matthew's open Facebook page and finds out that he had sex in the toilets of a nightclub on his stag do, a week before their wedding. And now the girl he cheated with is pregnant! Like any self-respecting woman Laura packs her bags and goes on holiday to Florida with her best friend Marty, who tries to take her mind off her situation at home with cocktails and fun. Soon she finds the ultimate distraction in Sexy Cuban Scuba Dive Master Leo, to whom she falls head over heels in lust then love with. At the end of the holiday Laura doesn't want to go home, but as I'm not one to spoil plots I'll leave it at that.