Apple hit with second class action suit regarding overtime pay

similar suit was filed against Apple back in July of this year.The latest lawsuit was filed by Taylor Kalin, who worked for more than two years at an Apple retail store in Spokane, Wash. Kalin alleges that as an employee, he was required to stand in line in order to check devices in and out. What’s more, he was also required to stand in line for security checks before leaving on his lunch break for the day. These lines, the suit alleges, were often so long that employees would routinely have to wait upwards of 30 minutes before being able to leave, even though they were already off the clock.Kalin’s attorney, Peter R. Dion-Kindem, explained to Law360:Apple has the policy and practice of forcing its employees to undergo security screenings when leaving for lunch and at the end of the day, but fails to compensate its employees for the time they are forced to wait in these lines.Apple also improperly fails to pay its employees for time spent waiting to ‘clock in’ before w深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛ork and after meal breaks and for time checking in equipment used by its employees.Kalin is asking for statutory damages, restitution, injunctive relief and attorneys fees.

Apple wisely brings its iLife strategy to the iPhone and iPad

Perhaps lost in the shuffle amidst a slew of announcements on Tuesday is that Apple is making its fleet of iWork apps available free for download on new iOS devices. In addition to Pages, Keynote and Numbers, users will also be able to download iMovie and iPhoto free of charge.Think about that for a second; in one fell swoop, Apple made its entire range of productivity and creativity apps (save for GarageBand) available for free. As it stands now, purchasing all o深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛f the aforementioned apps would set you back US$40.This is significant on a number of levels, and harkens back to Apple’s strategy with the Mac when it first began introducing what would soon become a formidable collection of apps that together comprised Apple’s iLife suite of software — iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD (now defunct), iWeb (also defunct) and, last but not least, GarageBand.Steve Jobs first introduced Apple’s “Digital Hub” strategy back at Macworld in 2001 (though iMovie had already existed at that point).”If you use iMovie,” Jobs boasted during a vintage performance, “it makes your digital camcorder worth 10 times as much because you can convert raw footage into an incredible movie.”In relaying the thought process behind Apple’s digital hub strategy, Jobs explained that the “glue that’s going to make all this happen are the applications: iMovie. iTunes. iDVD. They are going to be our passport into our new digital lifestyle era.”And Jobs was spot on. Macs in the early 2000s began shipping with powerful software applications that enabled users to harness their creative juices and manage their digital media right out of the box.I myself was a heavy iMovie user early on and remember being blown away by what was now possible. While my videos were hardly award-winning productions, my friends would often excitedly remark, “You were able to do that on your computer? And the software to do that just comes with it for free?”Once iPhoto hit the scene in 2002, soon followed by GarageBand in 2004, Apple’s suite of iLife software really empowered the average user to create ambitious and professional-grade projects.Apple’s iLife strategy with the Mac provided a value proposition that was simply unmatched on the Windows side. While it’s impossible to quantify how many Macs were sold on account iLife, there’s no denying that iMovie and its brethren created a lot of happy customers who became reliant upon and excited about the Apple ecosystem.Now, Apple is taking that same strategy and applying it to iOS. While the aforementioned iOS apps won’t be pre-loaded, they will be available as free downloads on new iOS devices.Much like the Mac, this strategy aims to enhance the value of iOS devices, especially when measured against competing devices from the likes of Android and, well, I guess mostly Android.During yesterday’s event, Tim Cook explained:We think that iWork is a really key advantage for our customers’ productivity, and that iPhoto and iMovie are great for are customers creativity. No other platform has any apps like these. We think that all iOS devices are made even better if they have these apps. And almost all of our customers want these apps.Sounds a lot like Jobs back in 2001, right?iLife on the Mac put powerful media creation tools at the forefront of the PC user experience. Now, Apple is implementing the very same strategy for iOS and it’s hard to see this as anything but a savvy business move on Apple’s part. Out of the box, productivity and media-creation tools will be more accessible and intuitive on iOS than on any other mobile platform.Well played Apple, well played.

Apple releases Chrome and Firefox extensions for Windows for iCloud bookmark syncing

Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers for Windows. The extensions allow Windows users to sync their Safari iOS bookmarks across the two browsers. Prior to the Firefox and Chrome extension release, iOS Safari bookmark syncing was limited to Wi深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛ndows Explorer via the iCloud Control Panel 2.1.2 for Windows app.Users can download the Chrome extension from Google’s Chrome web store. According to its release notes:Keep your Chrome bookmarks up to date with the Safari bookmarks on your iPhone, iPad and Mac.iCloud stores your website bookmarks, so they are everywhere you go — on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. So when it comes to your devices, you can switch things up without mixing things up.Note: iCloud Bookmarks extension for Chrome is for Windows 7 and Windows 8.Similarly, users can download the Firefox extension from Mozilla’s Add-Ons site. Its release notes read:Keep your Firefox bookmarks on Windows up to date with your Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad and Mac with the iCloud Bookmarks extension for Firefox.Unfortunately, it looks like these extensions are Windows-only for the moment and will not work on Chrome or Firefox for the Mac.

New NBA stats deal will put motion tracking cameras in every arena

all its player statistics to the public –深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛– how does it generate stats that hold the interest of basketball fans? The league’s solution is a multi-year agreement to use Stats LLC’s SportVU motion tracking system in every arena (15 teams had already implemented the technology on their own). As of the 2013-14 season, every NBA arena will have a six-camera setup that creates a steady stream of player data based on ball possession, distance, proximity and speed. The NBA’s website, NBA Game Time and NBA TV will all use the information to expand game stats beyond what we see today with heat maps and specific details on each possession. There’s no telling how useful that extra knowledge will be, but we won’t be shocked if it helps settle a few sports bar arguments.[Image credit: Rondo Estrello, / Flickr] Show full PR textNBA partners with Stats LLC for tracking technologyNEW YORK and NORTHBROOK, IIl. — The NBA and STATS LLC on Thursday announced they have expanded their partnership to install STATS’ SportVU Player Tracking technology in every NBA arena beginning with the 2013-14 season. The multiyear agreement will make the NBA the first major U.S. professional sports league to quantify and analyze every movement of live game action throughout the entire season.As the Official Player Tracking Partner of the NBA, STATS’ SportVU — a system of six cameras and STATS’ proprietary software — will be used by all 30 NBA teams during games to calibrate and measure the movements of all players and the ball on the court. The groundbreaking system will provide a continuous stream of innovative statistics based around speed, distance, player separation, and ball possession for detailed and targeted analysis of players and teams.The NBA Game Time app, and NBA TV will use SportVU player tracking data, enhancing the league’s current statistical offerings and providing fans with the most comprehensive breakdown of every game.”We are a league driven by data, and our expanded partnership with STATS provides our teams and fans with access to uncover groundbreaking statistics,” said Steve Hellmuth, NBA Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology. “In this new era of statistical information, SportVU will be an invaluable resource for basketball executives and our passionate fans.””STATS is proud to partner with the NBA to provide a whole new perspective on the sport through state-of-the art player tracking data for every game. With SportVU, the new vernacular of the NBA will be speed profiles, offensive play types, defensive matchups and court coverage maps,” said STATS CEO Gary Walrath. “We look forward to growing with the NBA and expanding the use of SportVU.”The NBA’s use of SportVU enhances a long-standing partnership between the NBA and STATS. STATS has been the league’s Official Data Distribution Partner since 2006, disseminating complete NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League statistical information to broadcast, print and online outlets around the world.

Tim Cook thanks Apple employees, gives them Thanksgiving week off

Apple CEO Tim Cook knows that the company wouldn’t be in the enviable financial state it’s in right now if it wasn’t for the hard work and dedication of its employees. Cook today sent a company-wide email to employees thanking them for that work and letting them know that they’ll get some extra paid time off during the Thanksgiving holidays.Apple is shutting down on November 25, 26 and 27 so that employ深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛ees can have the entire week off. While retail and AppleCare employees will still be working those days during the all-important buildup to Black Friday, they’ll get that extra paid time off at a later date along with employees at international locations.Cook’s full email to employees can be read in its entirety below.Show full PR textTeam-It’s been an exciting summer. For the first time, we’ve launched two new iPhone product lines. iOS 7 was created from a deep collaboration between our design and engineering teams, bringing to our customers a stunning new user interface and amazing new features. We unveiled OS X Mavericks and the most powerful Mac ever. The App Store celebrated a new milestone – 50 billion downloads. And we continued to express our love for music with iTunes Radio and the iTunes Festival.I had the opportunity to visit a few of our stores during the iPhone launch. There is no better place to see and feel why Apple is special. The best products on Earth. Energy. Enthusiasm. The best customers in the world. Passionate team members focused on enriching people’s lives. Innovative products that serve humanity’s deepest values and highest aspirations.And I am proud to tell you that Apple is also a force for good in our world beyond our products. Whether it’s improving working conditions or the environment, standing up for human rights, helping eliminate AIDS, or reinventing education, Apple is making a substantial contribution to society.None of this would have been possible without you. Our most important resource is not our money, our intellectual property, or any capital asset. Our most important resource – our soul – is our people.I realize many of you worked tirelessly to bring us this far. I know it required great personal sacrifice.In recognition of your incredible efforts and achievements, I’m happy to announce that we’re extending the Thanksgiving holiday this year. We will shut down with pay on November 25, 26, and 27 so our teams can have the whole week off. Retail, AppleCare and a few other teams will need to work that week so we can continue to serve our customers, but will receive the same number of days off at an alternate time. Please check with your manager for details. Our international teams will schedule the vacation days at a time that is best suited for their specific country.I hope you find the extra time restful and relaxing. You deserve it. Details will be available on AppleWeb soon.I am exceedingly proud of all of you. I am in awe of what you’ve accomplished and couldn’t be more excited about the future. Enjoy the time away!

iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5: what’s changed?

iPhone 5s has finally been unveiled. Following an intense buildup of pre-announcement hype and leaks, Apple describes its latest flagship iOS device as the “most forwarding-thinking iPhone yet.” Wondering how the specs compare to the regular ‘ol 5, though? We’re glad you asked because we’ve laid it all out just past the break.Check out our liveblog of Apple’s event to get the latest news as it happens!Check out all the coverage at our iPhone 2013 event hub! iPhone 5siPhone 5Price(on contract)$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GBProcessorApple A7 (64-bit)Apple A6MemoryTBD1GBDisplay4-inch IPS 1,136 x 6404-inch IPS 1,136 x 640Pixel Density326 ppi326 ppiStorage16GB / 32GB / 64GB16GB / 32GB / 64GBPrimary camera8 megapixel AF with True Tone dual-LED flash and f/2.2 aperture, 15-percent larger sensor with 1.5µm pixels, 10fps burst8 megapixel AF with single LED flash and f/2.4 apertureSecondary camera1.2MP photos, 720p video at 30fps, BSI1.2MP photos, 30fps videoVideo recording1080p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps (slow-mo), image stabilization1080p at 30fpsCellularCDMA Model A1533: CDMA / LTECDMA Model A1453: CDMA / LTEGSM Model A1457: GSM / LTEGSM Model A1530: GSM / LTEGSM Model A1428: GSM / LTECDMA Model A1429: CDMA 深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛/ LTEGSM Model A1429: GSM / LTEWiFiDual-band 802.11 a/b/g/nDual-band 802.11 a/b/g/nBluetooth4.04.0OrientationAccelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, M7 motion co-processorAccelerometer, digital compass, gyroscopeNavigationA-GPS, GLONASSA-GPS, GLONASSFaceTimeWiFi and CellularWiFi and CellularSecurity TouchID fingerprint sensorSIM standardnano-SIMnano-SIMBattery lifeUp to 10 hours talk time on 3GUp to 8 hours data on 3GUp to 10 hours data on LTEUp to 10 hours data on WiFiUp to 40 hours audioUp to 10 hours videoUp to 250 hours on standbyUp to 8 hours talk time on 3GUp to 8 hours data on 3GUp to 8 hours data on LTEUp to 10 hours data on WiFiUp to 40 hours audioUp to 10 hours videoUp to 225 hours on standbyWeight112 grams / 3.95 oz112 grams / 3.9 ozDimensions123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mmColorsSpace Gray, Silver, GoldBlack and Slate / White and SilverDetails accurate as of launch.

Nokia tablet gets approved by the FCC with AT&T and Verizon LTE

tablet, complete with diagrams of the device along with specific references to its slate-like state. (Forgive the fuzzy print; the diagrams are pretty small, so we enlarged them.)What else do we know? The docs confirm that the tablet features LTE with support for bands 2, 4, 5, 13 and 17, along with a full suite of HSPA+ and GSM / EDGE. This means that regardless of which carrier actually picks up this particular device (frequency support doesn’t guarantee carrier coverage, and no networks have confirmed th深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛at they’ll be selling it), it technically will work on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Of course, we’ve already seen purported leaks that show the Windows RT device with Big Red branding, so it’s not a far stretch to believe this is still in the works for one or more US providers. We’ll continue to parse the paperwork for other cleverly hidden clues, but this at least confirms what we already suspected — and if we had to guess, we have a strong suspicion that we’ll be seeing this beaut in the flesh at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on October 22nd. Verizon owns Engadget’s parent company, Verizon Media. Rest assured, Verizon has no control over our coverage. Engadget remains editorially independent.

The Queue: So I just have a question

The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.We’ll get right into the Queue today. It’s all questions and all Queue.NathanO asked:Next class: Technomancer anyone? No please. As was pointed out in the comments, the technomancer, or technomage, is really a steampunk/futuristic individual who has merged high technology and mysticism together into an appeasing profession. I think one of the best technomancers came from Babylon 5 way back when — and as someone who thinks there is an important line between fantasy and sci-fi, I wouldn’t want it to be muddled up.I don’t mean to nerd rage or stomp over the idea or anything — I think it has its merits and is doable in some sort of techno-gnome situation. But at some point I’d like WoW to stick to more high fantasy and less space goats coast-to-coast.Puntable asked:The Diablo Crusader wields a Morning Star, which leads me to think that Blizzard was able to solve the problem of non-rigid weapons looking right when swung. Would you like to see weapons like flails and a whips introduced to WoW?Diablo is a very very different animal than WoW, so I wouldn’t read too much into what Blizzard is able to do in one game and not the other, especially when it comes to graphics.Now that said, yes, I think it’d be great to have深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛 whips and flails in WoW. Just think of the RP.Lowmaxiii asked:Just curious, is there a way to unsubscribe to the Brew of the Month? After 4+ years or more, I don’t want a brew every month.There’s not, unfortunately. You’ll need to just trash those beers yourself when they come each and every month. Without fail. Forever and ever. Until the end of the universe.Just think, if you die tomorrow, beers are still going to be delivered to you. The dwarves are just that good at brewing.Zavandor asked:The Warcraft movie is going to be released by Legendary and Universal. Wouldn’t be awesome to have a miniland dedicated to Warcraft in one of the Universal’s Orlando Theme park?I think it would be nice actually. I mean, “Varian the Ride” could just be waiting around in a big line and doing nothing at all. It’d be just like in-game!Clovia asked:Will the WoW Insider Show Podcast be uploaded for this week?Look for it later today! Just had a few technical issues to take care of. Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer ’em!

Apple sells nine million new iPhones in three days

iPhone 5s and 5c units this weekend, well over the 5 million of the iPhone 5 launch last year. While the company isn’t breaking down sales by individual models, it notes that the initial iPhone 5s supply has already sold out. The company also mentioned that more than 200 million devices are already running iOS 7. That’s the fastest software upgrade in history, according to Apple. While it’s difficult to put the sales and download figures into context without directly comparable numbers from rivals, it’s clear that the new devices are off to a strong start. Check out Apple’s self-congratulatory release after the break. Show full PR textFirst Weekend iPhone Sales Top Nine Million, Sets New RecordCUPERTINO, Calif., Sep 23, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Apple(R) today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone(R) 5s深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛 and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.”This is our best iPhone launch yet–more than nine million new iPhones sold–a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight(R) camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID(TM), an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5c features an all-new design, packed with features users know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina(R) display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight camera–all while delivering great battery life.(1) iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both offer more LTE bands(2) than any other smartphone in the world and include all-new FaceTime(R) HD cameras.iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c feature iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop(R), enhanced Photos, Safari(R), Siri(R) and introduces iTunes Radio(SM), a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes(R).(3) Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake.Every customer who buys an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store(SM) and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can learn more about iOS 7 and their new device through new free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, select Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.Pricing & AvailabilityiPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.a’ iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $199 (US) for the 32GB model.a’ iPhone 5s cases are available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPhone 5c cases are available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPhone 4s is also available for free (US) with a two-year contract.a'(1) Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.(2) LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.(3) iTunes Radio is available with iOS 7 in the US.a’ For qualified customers.

Dell refreshes the XPS 13 and 15 with Haswell, the 15 has a 3,200 x 1,800 display

Dell’s XPS 11 might be all new and foldable, but the company hasn’t forgotten its old workhorses, the XPS 13 and 15, both of which are receiving refreshes. Having already received a sharper display option earlier this year, the XPS 13 is now getting a 1080p touchscreen covered in Gorilla Glass NBT. And — surprise, surprise — Intel’s Haswell processors (Core i3 / i5 / i7) are now part of the package, with battery life rated at up to 10 hours. As you’d expect too, the graphics have also received a bump: moving to Haswell also means stepping up to Intel’s HD 4400 chipset.The XPS 15 (pictured above) has received an even more dramatic upgrade: it now sports a seriously pixel-dense 3,200 x 1,800 touch display “based on IGZO technology.” You have the option of either Core i5 or i7 Haswell chips, “next-gen” NVIDIA graphics and up to 1TB of hard drive space, along with a 32GB SSD. You could just opt for a single 512GB solid-state drive instead, budget permitting, and you’ll also have a choice of “voice and NFC options” (not that Dell was very specific about the voice part). The XPS 15 will arrive first, on October 15th, with a starting price of $1,500 (hey, 3,200 x 1,800 displays don’t come cheap). If it’s the XPS 13 you’re after, that will go on sale sometime in November, starting at $1,000. Gallery: Dell XPS 13 | 4 Photos 4 +1 Gallery: Dell XPS 15 | 4 Photos 4 +1 Dana Wollman contributed to this report. Show full PR textDell Introduces New Line of Tablets and Updated XPS Laptops: Create, Share and Access Content from Virtually AnywhereNew Dell Venue tablets offer the ability to connect, share, and access content with easeXPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 in the world with the world’s first Quad HD display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1XPS 15 powerhouse laptop offers the world’s first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ display for jaw-dropping visuals and the ultimate experienceNew York, Oct. 2, 2013 – Dell today took a bold step in unveiling a new family of tablets and new laptops, including a 2-in-1 Ultrabook. The Dell Venue line of tablets is comprised of four new ultrathin models designed to address the changing way people live and work today. Dell’s “damned sexy” tablets, as described by leading Enderle Group analyst, Rob Enderle, deliver leading performance and quality, backed by Intel processing technology. With compact designs that make it easy to stay connected on the go, the Dell Venue tablets have an exquisite fit and finish.In addition to the versatile new Dell Venue tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops, each with breakthrough displays for a phenomenal viewing experience with vibrant, crisp images in any available screen size. The new XPS 11, the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world, also features the first Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1. The XPS 15 multimedia powerhouse boasts a stunningly thin design, and offers as an option the first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display in the world, which is the highest resolution available on a laptop of that size. Dell is also refreshing its award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. With these three laptops, Dell is leading the industry with the highest resolution displays possible.”People today expect the best experience possible from their technology – they are counting on it to keep them connected and move with them, wherever they are,” said Sam Burd, vice president Dell Personal Computing Group. “The new Dell Venue tablets and XPS laptops give customers the stellar experience they expect from us, with performance that allows them to work how they want, when they want, in a design they’ll be proud to show off and own.”Dell Venue Tablets: Connect, Share and Access Content with EaseDell Venue tablets are designed to give people on-the-go a wide-selection of sizes and options to meet their varying needs. From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to the 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell has created a dedicated brand of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce.The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1-based tablets combine the level of performance, design and responsiveness end-users love while giving IT departments what they need – the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration. Both tablets feature optional advanced security features and services such as TPM and Dell Enterprise Services.The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS display, advanced connectivity options and provides long battery life so range anxiety is no longer an issue. People can also stay productive with Office 2013 Home & Student, included with the device, and the optional Dell Active Stylus.The Dell Venue 11 Pro, also based on Windows 8.1, provides ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility with the power of an Ultrabook, convenience of a detachable keyboard and experience of a desktop. Unlike competitive tablets, it has a user removable/replaceable battery, and its large, Full HD display with wide viewing angles makes it easy to read and create content while staying mobile. It is also available with a variety of keyboard and stylus options:Dell Active Stylus makes it easy to annotate, draw or take notes.Dell Slim Keyboard, designed for travel, also serves as a cover for the screen when folded up.Dell Mobile Keyboard with integrated battery provides all day productivity with a full-sized keyboard while extending the battery life.Dell Tablet Desktop Dock delivers full productivity on a desk with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for display extension.The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 Android-based tablets are affordable, feature-rich tablets for people who want to be constantly connected wherever they are. Both tablets have an upscale fit and finish, and are designed with longevity in mind with the right components so that customer深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛s will be just as delighted with their tablet one year from now, as they are on the day they take it out of the box.All Dell Venue tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 feature Intel Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) processors, while the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro feature the new Intel Atom quad-core processors, code named “Bay Trail.” The Venue 11 Pro offers up to 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options and Intel vPro for manageability.Dell XPS Laptops and 2-in-1: The Ultimate Experience with Gorgeous DisplaysDell’s award-winning XPS laptop line just got even better with the new XPS 15 powerhouse laptop, the introduction of the XPS 11 2-in-1, and an update to the flagship XPS 13 Ultrabook. In keeping with the XPS tradition of offering the best computing experience in any product category, the XPS laptops and 2-in-1 feature machined aluminum, carbon fiber, vibrant displays, and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for performance, durability and the ultimate experience.Starting at 2.5lbs[i] and just 11-15mm thin, the XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today, offering a tablet-first design with laptop functionality. It easily transitions from tablet to laptop with a 360 degree rotating hinge design, and an innovative solid surface backlit touch keyboard that provides a superb experience from lap to bag. With a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, the highest resolution display in an 11.6-inch 2-in-1 today, the XPS 11 has a bright, crisp viewing experience. The display also features True Color viewing powered by eeColor, which enables customers to enjoy true, rich consistent color in nearly any lighting environment.The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbsi. The XPS 15 is the first 15.6-inch laptop in the world to feature a Quad HD+ display, and also available with a touch option, boasts over 5.7 million pixels – five times the amount of standard HD – for jaw-dropping resolution. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB[ii], both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start Technology[iii].The award-winning XPS 13, with its 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, is razor thin and light, starting at under 3lbsi. It is now even faster with 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and has longer battery life for the mobile professional who values a sleek design, responsiveness and ultimate mobility. Its Full HD display provides a brilliant viewing experience and is now even more versatile with a touch option.”Dell appears to have its innovative mojo back,” said Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies. “These new products clearly emphasize Dell’s commitment to create innovative mobile solutions for businesses and consumers and I believe represent some of the best products they have made in many years.”Personal and Professional Content Anytime, AnywhereThe Dell PocketCloud application is pre-installed on all XPS and Venue products, helping users build their own “personal cloud” and remotely manage personal and professional content. By combining PocketCloud with the portability of the new Venue tablets and XPS laptops, mobile workers will be able to enjoy an easy and connected experience with access to all of their apps and content from virtually anywhere.Get the Most Out of Your Technology with Dell ServicesDell customers can get the most out of their technology with Dell Services, dedicated to keeping them connected and productive, whether they’re using their Dell Venue tablet or XPS purchase for work or home. In addition to the Dell Limited Hardware Warranty, consumers can elect to include additional protection such as Accidental Damage Service[iv], Premium Phone Support and Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis[v], which means that their system will be repaired and returned to them within 3-5 business days after remote diagnosis. Likewise, business customers can be rest assured that their devices will fit seamlessly and securely into their corporate IT environment with Dell Enterprise Services like ProSupport[vi] on the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets.Availability and PricingThe Dell Venue 7, Venue 8, Venue 8 Pro, and new XPS 15 will be available from October 18 on in the United States and select countries around the world. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and the updated XPS 13 with touch will be available in November. Starting prices are as follows:Venue 7: $149.99Venue 8: $179.99Venue 8 Pro: $299.99Venue 11 Pro: $499.99New XPS 15: $1,499.99XPS 11: $999.99New XPS 13: $999.99

Now Playing: September 30 – October 6, 2013

Relive the adventure this week with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD…Choose your platform to jump to a specific release list: th.headerBlue { background-color: rgb(96, 164, 218); color: white; } th.headerGray { background-color: rgb(35, 37, 37); color: white; } th.headerGreen { background-color: rgb(88, 129, 39); color: white; } th.headerYellow { background-color: rgb(241, 199, 2); color: white; } tr { background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); }Note: All listings pertain to US release only (unless otherwise noted), but may be applicable to other regions.RetailThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)$49.99FRIWiiWare/eShopVirtual ConsoleTBADLCBack to topReta深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛ilEtrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS)$39.99TUERune Factory 4 (3DS)$39.99TUEDSiWare/eShopEtrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS)$39.99TUEBack to topRetailNBA 2K14$59.99TUEPSN GamesFatal Frame III: The Tormented$9.99TUEFlashback$9.99TUENBA 2K14$59.99TUEPro Foosball$4.99TUERain$14.99TUESkydrive: Proximity Flight$19.99TUEDemosBeyond: Two SoulsFreeTUEFlashbackFreeTUEDLCNBA 2k14 – Blue Bling$14.99TUENBA 2k14 – Gold Bling$4.99TUENBA 2k14 – Platinum Bling$19.99TUENBA 2k14 – Spanish Community Pack$4.99TUEFull PSN UpdateNorth American PSN UpdatesEuropean PSN UpdatesBack to topRetailNo new releasesPSN GamesDie!Die!Die! (Vita)TBATUEDemosNo new releasesFull PSN UpdateNorth American PSN UpdatesEuropean PSN UpdatesBack to topRetailAssassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy$29.99TUENBA 2K14$59.99TUETom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Trilogy$29.99TUEXBLAARES$14.99WEDDemosTBADLCNBA 2k14 – Blue Bling$14.99TUENBA 2k14 – Gold Bling$4.99TUENBA 2k14 – Platinum Bling$19.99TUENBA 2k14 – Spanish Community Pack$4.99TUE”Deal of the Week”Deal of the Week ListingvariesTUE-MONGames on DemandDiablo 3$59.99FRIFIFA 14$59.99FRIPainkillerTBATUEPro Evolution Soccer 2014$59.99TUEBack to topPC / MacAll releasesAgarest: Generations of War (PC) [Steam]$19.99TUEAir Conflicts: Vietnam (PC) [Steam]$29.99TUEArma Tactics (PC) [Download]$8.99TUEF1 2013 (PC) [Steam]$49.99TUEFlashback (PC) [Download]$9.99TUEHaunted Memories (PC/Mac) [Steam Early Access]FreeTUENBA 2K14 (PC/Mac) [Steam]$29.99TUENBA 2k14 – Blue Bling (PC) [Steam]$14.99TUENBA 2k14 – Gold Bling (PC) [Steam]$4.99TUENBA 2k14 – Platinum Bling (PC) [Steam]$19.99TUENBA 2k14 – Spanish Community Pack (PC) [Steam]$4.99TUESplinter Cell: Blacklist – Homeland (PC) [Download]$6.99MONTrain Simulator 2014 – Sheerness Branch Extension Route (PC) [Steam]$19.99MONTrain Simulator 2014 – Southern Pacific SD70M Loco Add-On (PC) [Steam]$19.99MONVictoria II: Interwar Cavalry Unit Pack (PC) [Download]$1.99MONEds.’ note: The PC/Mac retail listing is not necessarily indicative of all releases for the week, but highlights games and content that have major or otherwise noteworthy distribution.Back to top

Refresh Roundup: week of September 9th, 2013

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy! Official Android updatesSamsung Galaxy Note II: An OTA update is available from AT&T that weighs in at 165MB and is said to bring security fixes and fresh versions of the carrier’s bundled apps. [Android Police]HTC One Google Play edition: The latest build of Android 4.3 (JWR66Y) is now available as an OTA update, which brings security improvements and little else. [Android Central]Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition: Like the HTC One, build JWR66Y of Android 4.3 is now available as an OTA update. [Android Police]HTC Droid DNA: Verizon is detailing forthcoming improvements that users will find in the Sense 5 update, which HTC states will be based on Android 4.3. [Droid Life]Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackeryHTC One: Following similar leaks of custom ROMs, the official (albeit pre-release) version of Android 4.3 has leaked for the HTC One on AT&T. As such, the software isn’t rooted and all of the bloatware is intact. [RootzWiki]LG G2: A root method is now available for the G2, and is said to work with all variants of the smartphone. [xda-developers]MotoRoot: An Androi深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛d utility is now available from Justin Case that brings root to the Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx. [Android Police]Other platformsNokia Lumia 620: The Amber update with Windows Phone 8 GDR 2 is now available from O2 in the UK and Telus in Canada. [WPCentral]BlackBerry Curve 9360, Bold 9790 and Bold 9900: A new round of updates is available from Telus that brings additional NFC functionality and resolves network connectivity issues on the Bold 9900. [CrackBerry]BlackBerry PlayBook: PlayBook OS is now available, which weighs in at 396MB and brings a handful of bug fixes, along with a security fix for Adobe Flash. [CrackBerry]Refreshes we covered this weekiOS 7 will be 64-bit, just like the iPhone 5s’ new A7 chipiOS 7 arrives on Apple devices September 18thCyanogenMod accounts coming in next nightly builds

Daily Deals for October 4, 2013, featuring the Micro Drone from TUAW Deals

exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked iOS and OS X selections.TUAW’s Daily DealsMicro Drone [On sale for $49, down from $108]It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a flippin’ quadrocopter! This crazy maneuvering remote-controlled Micro Drone can do it all! Fly up, down, laterally, diagonally, flip and perform all sorts of other agile mid-air stunts.Quad-rotor helicopters have long been considered a luxury toy due to their pricey nature, but now you can grab this one for a fraction of the regular price.Save 54% on the Micro Drone at TUAW Deals. Promotion is AVAILABLE to all countries except for Turkey & Brazil. Shipping costs $9.95, and may take four to eight weeks for your Drone to arrive.Deals from DealnewsRadioShack: [Secure Digital Cards] Eye-Fi 802.11n WiFi 4GB SDHC Memory Card for $10 at Radio Shack storesOther World Computing: [Apple Computers] Used Macs and iPads at OWC from $299 + free shippingVM Innovations: [Headphones] Refurb Sennheiser Headphones at VMInnovations from $15 + free shippingGamersGate: [Mac Games] GamersGate Mac Games Weekend: Up to 75% off downloadable titlesHome Antenna: [TV Antennas & Receivers] Home Antenna coupon: 10% off orders of $50 or moreMacMall: [Apple Computers] MacMall Fall Savings Sale: Up to $499 off Macs, iPads, storage, moreBuyDig: [Networkable Hard Drives (NAS)] SeaGate BlackArmor 6TB 2-Bay External Hard Drive for $339 + free shippingBest Buy: [iPhone Accessories] Philips 9″ Dual LCD Screen Player for iPhone / iPad for $80 + free shippingWalgreens: [Photo Services] 25 4×6″ Digital Prints for free + pickup at WalgreensAT&T Wireless: [iPhone Cases] LifeProof Waterproof Case for iPhone 5 for $40 + free shippingLA Computer Company: [Notebook Carrying Case] Toshiba Ballistic Nylon Carrying Case for $20 + $8 s& [Electronics] All4Cellular Big Sale: Up to 85% off + extra 10% off, from $3 + free shippingiOS Software DiscountsRiddick: The Merc Files [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Be Riddick – the iconic antihero – and avoid the mercenaries that hunt you across the stars. Escape them, trick them, or eliminate them. It’s your choice.Lili [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Lili is a quirky adventure RPG hybrid with stunning visuals, silky-smooth graphics and a cinematic storyline. Tuned for new devices, Lili is one of the most visually-stunning games available on iOS.Tangent [iOS Universal; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $1.99] Tangent provides infinite opportunities to transform your photos into amazing works of art that can be shared and enjoyed, no matter what your level of artistry. It’s an incredibly easy way to elevate your photos into a new realm of creative expression.Horizon Calendar [iPhone; Category: Productivity; Now free, down from $4.99] You should never have to choose between checking the weather and your calendar. Horizon integrates the current weather forecast with your calendar… and it’s blazingly fast.Stop Motion Studio [iOS Universal; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $0.99] Create beautiful stop-motion animated movies anywhere instantly on your device. Everything you need at your fingertips. No computer needed. Apple’s App of the Week.Empires II: What Would You Risk for World Conquest? [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] Awaken your instincts and conquer the world! Develop a war strategy, determine a country’s strengths and weaknesses, fortify your lands and dominat深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛e.Hills of Glory 3D [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] It’s time to save Europe and make history! Land in Italy and fight your way to Germany to put an end to the war. With stunning 3D visuals, multitouch control tactics and hilarious nods to war movies, this is one war game you won’t want to miss.Kayak Pro [iOS Universal; Category: Travel; Now free, down from $0.99] The #1 Mobile Travel App. Includes flight and car search, hotel search and booking, flight tracker and My Trips, so you have your full itinerary at your fingertips.Rebuild [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Gather survivors of the zombie apocalypse and defend your fort against undead attacks. Reclaim one building at a time and put your survivors to work scavenging for food, building houses, rediscovering technology and, of course, killing zombies.MotionX-24/7: Sleep Cycle, Snore, Heart Rate, Activity Monitor [iPhone; Category: Medical; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] MotionX-24/7 is the first professional-level activity tracker and sleep monitor for the iPhone. 24/7 encapsulates seven years of research and development in the biomechanics of natural human motion and sleep optimization.OS X Software DiscountsCloud Outliner [OS X; Category: Productivity; On sale for $3.99, down from $9.99] Cloud Outliner lets you create and share outlines between your Mac, your iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch), and your Evernote account.Story Tracker [OS X; Category: Productivity; On sale for $7.99, down from $14.99] Story Tracker makes keeping track of your submitted stories, novels, poems, scripts, and articles easy.1Password – Password Manager and Secure Wallet [OS X; Category: Productivity; On sale for $39.99, down from $49.99] 1Password is your password and identity companion. It leaps past simple password storage because 1Password works directly with your browser, saves your user names and passwords and effortlessly creates strong, unique passwords for each site.The Cave [OS X; Category: Games; On sale for $4.99, down from $14.99] The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the award-winning studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend.Appy Fridays [OS X; Category: Various; $10.99] Spend $10.99 and get OS X apps including ABFA 5, Photo Recovery and Espionage 3 in the Mac Security Bundle.Note: All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and cannot guarantee availability or quality of any particular product at a specific price.

Educational bloggers chime in with their favorite back-to-school apps

It’s the start of a new school year, which means you’ve probably got a stack of new books on your desk, a drawer full of new pencils and an iPad that desperately needs some new apps. TUAW is here to help you build a new app list, and we did so with the help of some friends.We consulted with students, teachers and some of the top tech and educational bloggers to generate this list. In this article, we highlight the top picks from educational bloggers whose job it is to evaluate this category of apps. Here are the apps that they prefer:Daniel Donahoo, Core contributor to GeekDadI have come to take a strong interest in apps that deliver great content to students. Teachers have a range of tools now to use on digital devices, but what apps are offering students information and new ideas in a way that speaks to the YouTube generation. Here are three apps, for three different age groups.Rough Science (by Deeper Richer) A terrific app with quality playful video content, a free teachers handbook to download and offers a great step into a flipped classroom model using 1:1 devices.Questimate! (by Motion Math Games) A clever app offering the ability to estimate against any number of things, it also offers collaborative learning options, Motion Math Games never disappoint.Sonnets (by TouchPress) A beautiful Shakespeare app, great for high school students with quality video and excellent extras in text and video.Veronika Walshe, founder of The Appy LadiesThe Appy Ladies is a diverse group of ladies with various backgrounds and interests, who have a passion for apps and information. Veronika Walshe is a stay at home mum to 3 children, one with Down Syndrome and one with ASD.TOBY Playpad – a fantastic app, just amazing the content. There is nothing like it.iGetit Apps – featured in the REMLE project for AutismWonkidos – brilliant series of life skills apps, supporting your child in many areasL’Escapadou – great apps, colourful and engagingDemografix – For those children slightly olderLearning Touch – over and over again children with SN love and use all of their appsTactus Therapy – Amazing all of them and how they work together in the growth of your childGood Karma – Just love their new app FTVS – HDClose 2 Home – So Much 2 Say – fantastic app for SN children at the initial stage of communicationStudyPad – all their Splash Maths apps are just wonderfulJohn Wilkerson, founder of The Wired HomeschoolJohn Wilkerson and his wife have 7 children and have been homeschooling for 15 years. John has been a speaker at homeschool conventions and regularly podcasts and blogs about the use of technology in homeschooling at You can follow John on Twitter or like his podcast’s Facebook page but please, no stalkers.Math Mathews: Getting your kids to remember their multiplication facts can be a real chore. With Math Mathews kids join Captain Mathews on a piratical adventure while learning multiplication. Your kids will have so much fun that they’ll forget they’re doing math!Stack the States: Geography can get a bit dull when you’re trying to memorize state capitals and other mundane facts but if you add the challenge of building a Jenga-like tower out of states it becomes a fun way to learn things which states border New Hampshire.5 Dice: Order of Operations: If you’re looking for a way to solidify and reinforce math skills this is your game. Players roll dice and must use the numbers provided to get the solution. Using the correct order of operations is essential to be successful at this game.Cargo-bot: The objective of this game is simple: move crates from one stack to another. How you do this isn’t always so simple. Cargo-bot is a great way to teach kids how to logically solve a problem and basic programming skills. Don’t miss this one.Graphing Calculator+: No need to spend $50-$100 on a graphing calculator. Just buy this app. It probably won’t get your son or daughter through advanced Calculus or Differential Equations but should suffice for a typical high school student.Josh, founder of Homeschool TabletThis year I am trying to reduce the apps I use and focus on specific areas I want to focus on this year. One of my sons needs to focus in reading so I am installing mostly phonics apps like Reading Raven and Abby Phonics – first grade. I am trying to stay away from sight word apps. Our new favorite letter app is LetterSchool.For science, we are studying astronomy, so I plan on using Solar Walk and the Q Continuum Planets app (on my iPhone when we are outside). Spelling for my daughter will be mostly with Teach Me:2nd grade and Simplex Spelling Phonics 1. Math will be Khan Academy.History will also be with Khan Academy and maybe some timeline apps. Reading will probably be exclusively on the Kindle. I hope to use iBooks Author to customize some of their learning but I don’t know if I will have time. While the program is intuitive it still takes work to make a good book. Also my son started to use the free Mac program Typist for keyboarding. It’s pretty basic, but he seems to like it.iGameMom, founder of the iGameMom blogiGameMom is a place for busy parents to discover good educational applications for kids, and to explore ways to stay engaged with kids in the new game world. Here is iGameMom’s back-to-school list of recommended apps:Brain Quest (free): curriculum based trivia games for grade1 to 5. Each grade has 80 questions. With In-App purchase ($2.99 for each grade), you can buy the whole pack, which has over 600 questions for each grade. Kids learn while playing games.BrainPop Featured Movie (free): Kids get to see a new animated documentary every day. The range of topics is amazingly broad: science, history, Engineering & technology, Social Studies, English, Arts & Music, and Health subjects.TeachMe ($1.99 for each grade level): An app series covers Toddler, Kindergarten, Grade1, and Grade2. Each grade has spelling and basic math.Khan Academy (free): Free classes on various subjects. The topics include: K-12 math, science (such as biology, chemistry, and physics), finance, history, test prep (GMAT, CAHSEE, SAT math, etc). The level of the courses ranges from elementary school to college. Any student will be able to find somethingStraight A Back To School AppsStack the States ($0.99): Learn US states via interactive gamesStack the Countries ($1.99): Learn world geography while playing gamesNOVA Elements (free): Learn periodic table with multi-media materials, such as short videos, pictures, 3D models, and games.SplashMath ($9.99): comprehensive math app that is linked to US standard curriculum.Mathemagics – Mental math tricks ($0.99): teaches little tricks on how to do math quicklyMindsnacks Spani深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛sh (initial download is free with one level, $4.99 for the whole package with 50 levels): Learn Spanish with fun.Ice is Nice – Cat in the Hat Learning Library ($5.99): Learn animals and geography of North and South Poles. It is for kids aged Grand Canyon (free): Kids 4 and up will learn everything about Grand Canyon, following ABCmouse.Horton Hatches the Egg ($4.99): Another Dr.Seuss’s book app designed for pre-school and kindergarteners.Biography Comics (free for the first 3 books, $29.99 for all 29 books): 29 biographies in comics, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Warren Buffett, … It is for kids 8 and older.Cool to be Clever (free): kids 6 and up who can read chapter-books will learn the story of Edson Hendricks and how he invented “connectionless” network design that is used in today’s Internet.Brush of Truth ($1.99): A book app written for children age 8-12. It is a book app that the readers get to decide how the story unfolds…FeelElectric (free): designed for kids 6 and older, this app teaches kids recognize different emotions and express emotions with wordsBe Confident in Who You Are ($2.99): a graphic novel targeted at kids 8-14 years old. It addresses topics such as self-consciousness, stress, bullying, fitting in, body image, and sticky issues in friendships. All these issues are presented in an age appropriate manner.

Random Acts of Uberness: A renaissance of kindness

Caught being uber: Demonblood, Feathermoon (US-Alliance) I usually play WoW on the late hours when not many others are on. Last Sunday night I was on my night elf hunter from Feathermoon and doing some Shieldwall dailies. I was in the caves killing spirits and bumped into a night elf DK named Demonblood. We proceeded to group up to get the lieutenants down together. After we finished, she turned into a dragon and asked if I needed a ride anywhere.She was so friendly and offers to hang out and help me for a while. She helps me knock out the Shado-Pan dailies real quick and we proceeded on to Timeless Isle.She spent a good five hours taking me all around the isle in her chopper while she helped me gather coins, hidden chests, kill rares and keep us walking on water to chase down Evermaw and even doing suicide aggro runs so I could sneak in to gather goodies from the big chests. She played with me into the early dark hours of Monday morning, showing me every little thing I could do on the Isle to be a good earner and gear up.She was so UBER!! I have no way of paying her back for her time and offered to at least pay for her repairs. She was so humble and friendly simply saying it wasn’t necessary and to be mindful of others and just pay it forward when I can.I want to thank Demonblood for her all her patience and help. Players like her are what make the WoW community so great to be a part of. She is truly uber. — Anonymous night elf hunter from Feathermoon (US)Caught being uber: Realnest, Moon Guard (US-Alliance) Let’s get things straight. I can’t stand warlocks. I hate them in lore, I hate them in game mechanics, I even hate most people who play warlocks (they’re always just plain mean for some reason) — but this particular warlock made my night.I was up in the Brawlers Guild (or is it down?) working on my ranking when I first noticed this warlock, plowing through the fights like it was nothing, thinking him to be an elitist jerk (heh). Then I noticed he was cheering on other brawlers in his downtime, even shouting tips at people mid-fight and rezzing the fallen. This guy could be like most warlocks I know,shouting obscenities and otherwise badmouthing “noobs,” but this guy was doing everything in his power to help them. He even started a raid group to pass out his Healthstones and give better advice to players, eventually getting nine to 10 people together so we were all buffed as we did our matches. This guy made my night. It was probably the most fun and encouraging night in the Brawlers Guild I ever had.So this is a shout-out to you, Realnest! Keep being awesome! Who knows? I might even start liking warlocks … — Tarismiken, Moon Guard (US-Alliance) Caught being uber: Pallisaurus, Sinage, and Taurn, Wyrmrest Accord (US-Horde) I’ve avoided dungeons for a while, and my experiences with the dungeon finder have not been great this expansion. But I met three incredibly cool guys who have made me reconsider my personal ban on LFD. I got the noodle cart quest on the first day of the Timeless Isle, but I got as far as the first dungeon quest and stopped. Last night, I finally decided to bite the bullet and go. I queued for a normal run instead of a heroic, crossed my fingers, and jumped in.The run was incredibly smooth and fast, but when we killed the final boss, Pallisaurus, Sinage, and Taurn from The Horde Clan on Wyrmrest Accord stayed and helped me kill the noodle cart guy. We even wiped once! As it turns out — none of them had the quest or any reason to be there; after the kill, they explained that they stayed because they wanted to help me out. I am truly humbled by their incredible kindness and generosity. — Professor Plagueworm, Hyjal (US-Horde)Caught being uber: Rax and Kelidora, Aman’Thul (US-Alliance) My mixed-guild group decided to hit up SoO’s LFR part one the day it released. We waited ’til our raid leader got home from work, so about 16 to 18 of us entered LFR together fairly late in the evening — all ranges of capability and gearing. This isn’t usual for us, but people were really pumped up by Timeless Isle and the idea of prepping for our first flex raid that coming weekend.Once in the LFR, we met Rax and Kelidora from the guild Just Go With It on Aman’Thul (US). They explained the fights, having been in the instance earlier. We one-shot the first two bosses, though Fallen Defenders came close. Rax took the time to whisper praise, thanks, and encouragement to the healers, which really raised our raid lea深圳夜网_深圳桑拿网_深圳夜网论坛der’s eyebrows. In the end, most of the team ended up sharing battletags with these two (I haven’t yet, though I still have the info saved).This great experience in LFR really assured some of our folks who had previously been scared off by LFR horror stories and the people who are nervous to raid at all and were worried about the upcoming Flex raid. Rax and Kelidora really helped out some of our folks.So from the officers of The Silver Dragoons and The Meddlers on Shadow Council (US), thanks for such an awesome run! — Alynore, Shadow Council (US-Alliance) Caught being uber: Lathel, Zul’jin (US-Horde) A couple days ago, I finally completed my multi-day farm of Garnia and got a Ruby Droplet to drop. As none of my friends or guildies were on, I cheered out about it into general. Almost everyone ignored me, but one person, Lathel, gave me a grats.I figured that would be it, but a moment later, she whispered me and asked if, as I was collecting pets, I needed the Azure Crane Chick as she’d been lucky enough to loot three. I responded that that would be awesome, since I’d clicked every nest I’d found on the island but hadn’t gotten one yet. We met up over by Huolon and after giving me the pet, she wished me a good day. It was unquestionably an awesome act that really did make my day. — Thorrenbluff, Zul’jin (US-Horde) Send us your tales of awesomenessIt’s those times another player lights up your night with precise play, a wicked sense of humor, or unexpected generosity that you’re a night spent in Azeroth becomes something to remember. Looking for a place to feel good about humanity again? You’ve come to the right place: WoW Insider’s Random Acts of Uberness.Send us your kudos and shout-outs for players who made your day! We know you can’t always remember everyone’s names or realms, and that’s OK. Tell us what you do remember: what day of the week it was, what time of day, your own home realm, any details you recall about the other player, where you were and what you were doing in game. If the players involved read WoW Insider, we’re betting they’ll recognize your story!Email your Random Acts of Uberness to Be sure to include your character’s name, realm and faction if you’d like that to be published.Until next week — be excellent to each other!