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Office Master OM5: The Mother of All PC Gaming Chairs

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The following article is brought to you by Voucherbin.uk. -Ed.

Despite the constant developments taking place in the field of modern day gaming consoles such as the PlayStation and Xbox, a true geek knows that PC is the master race when it comes to gaming. Now the idea of sitting on an old fashioned ergonomic chair in front of a generic desktop computer does not sound too appealing, nor is it too conducive for gaming. However, there are a number of ways in which you can amp up your PC gaming experience, starting with buying a brand new PC gaming chair.

You certainly have come across several pictures of hi-tech gaming chairs that resemble objects from science fictions movies, but the one that you are going to learn about today is very real and can be a brand new addition to your room in a matter of days. Meet the Office Master OM5. Continue Reading

Interested in a new phone? How About The ASUS ZenFone 2?

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ASUS has outdone itself again with their newest smartphone release. The ZenFone 2 features top of the line specifications for a middle-end price, making it a top competitor on the current smartphone market. Its display is based upon a 5.5” Gorilla Glass 3-protected screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. It is backed with Intel’s own 64-bit Atom Z3560 mobile processor that packs 4 cores clocked at 1.8ghz each. This is paired with a PowerVR G6430 GPU that is sure to be able to drive any mobile game or application smoothly. ASUS is releasing two models that have difference in the RAM including a 2GB model and a 4GB model. Due to these high-class specs, ASUS is claiming seven times better gaming performance as compared to the original ZenFone. Most smartphone users want a good camera to match their superior internal specifications, of course. The ZenFone 2 supports a 13-megapixel camera with 5 element f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. All of these components are powered by a 3000mAh battery that is sure to last for the whole day.

This phone is unlocked and is available on service providers all around by supporting GSM, WCDMA, and LTE-FDD. It ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, providing the optimal software for the phone. This ensures a smooth interface that is sure to fit any user’s needs.

An enormous benefit of this phone is a newly released coupon code. GearBest.com is offering a hugely decreased price of over $30. After making an account on www.gearbest.com and adding either the 2GB or the 4GB model of the ASUS ZenFone, users can specify the coupon code of “ASUSZ2″, which will then apply the promotion. Originally the 4GB model is priced at $367.20 and then is reduced to $330.74 (308.44 Euro) and the 2GB model is normally $288.30 and is slashed to $244.98 (228.46 Euro).

Overall, the ASUS ZenFine 2 is one of the best smartphones on the market and is to satisfy the needs of even the most powerhungry user with the top-notch Intel Atom Processor and the large 3000maH battery. Paired with the low cost due to the promotion, this phone is a steal for the performance it will bring.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 can be purchased through GearBest with the promotion code ASUSZ2 at http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_170575.html

IG Launches Slick Trading App Alongside Apple Watch

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Apple is going to be launching their first wearable, the Apple Watch, on April 24th. Today is actually the first day that you can pre-order it online, and expectations are high for Cupertino. The breadth of things you’ll be able to do with this small device is impressive, and there’s already a solid line-up of developers ready to launch their apps alongside it.

One of these companies is the world’s No.1 spread betting and CFD provider. IG in the UK provides financial spread betting, Contracts for Difference (CFDs), stockbroking and forex to a substantial client-base, and has already developed trading applications for all major mobile platforms. Today they’d like to announce that they have an application ready to go for the Apple Watch, which will allow you to trade, right on your wrist.

On the same day the watch launches, you’ll immediately be able to do the following:

• Spread bet, trade CFDs, and buy and sell stocks

• Get iPhone app notifications on your wrist

• Open positions and view markets from your watchlists

• Open, edit and close positions, or see all open positions

• See upcoming financial events

• Use one-tap login and switch between accounts easily

In an interview with Ashley Cameron, the Technical Team Lead, we learn that despite the initial version of the app being ready to go, the plan is to listen to customer feedback, and integrate this data into later iterations. The team has a very short two-week release cycle, so they will be able to tailor the experience as close as possible to what their clients want, in as short of a timeframe as possible.

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Sponsored: Sirius Act Has The Buttons You’re Looking For

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We go through life pressing buttons, and we never think twice about the time and effort that goes into their design. But there are people who do, and Siemens is behind an interesting campaign meant to raise awareness of their line of sophisticated push buttons. It’s called Sirius Act, and in the video above, you can see their efforts to showcase their ‘star’. Granted, the video is a little mysterious and doesn’t pontificate on the product itself, but it’s meant to pique your interest rather than sell a button outright. As a matter of fact, given that Siemens’ modern push buttons will have mostly industrial applications, it’s not the campaign’s goal to get you personally invested in the buttons, but rather to make you aware that there are good people working tirelessly to improve upon a technology that generally goes unheralded.

So, after giving the video a look, and following the link below, the general takeaway should be that Siemens’ elegantly designed push buttons and signalling devices are “the perfect embodiment of style, intelligence, and physical toughness.” There are tons of different kinds, from toggle switches and potentiometers, to mushroom push buttons and sensor switches. And more importantly, you should come away with the knowledge that there are lots of dedicated people working on their constant refinement.

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Sponsored: Discover Toyota’s i-Road, Part of An Exciting Green Solution To An Urban Mobility Problem

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The following article is sponsored by Toyota. – Ed.

As the technology matures, we’re starting to see more and more electric vehicles on our motorways. What started out as a slow, somewhat boring type of locomotion is becoming increasingly interesting, and Toyota’s i-Road may be the most intriguing vehicle we’ve come across in a while.

The i-Road is a zero-emissions three-wheeled electric vehicle, with a 50km (31miles) range, which features Active Lean technology. This means the two front wheels are able to go up or down automatically to make the vehicle lean into corners, giving the riders a sensation similar to that of skiing. Another way to look at it is that it’s a bit of a cross between a motorcycle and a car. Except unlike in a motorcycle, it’s the i-Road that determines the best lean angle based on your speed and how tightly you’re turning, automatically actuating the front wheels. It also features a comfortable cabin that shelters you from the elements and lets you listen to music.

Measuring just 870 millimeters wide, the i-Road is able to ride on the side of the lane, leaving space for other cars to pass. This gives it true urban mobility, with enhanced maneuverability in crowded city environments. It’s so small, it only needs a quarter to half of a regular parking space.

This EV is currently being tested in the city of Grenoble, France, as part of a ride sharing effort called Cité Lib by Ha:mo. Toyota provided 35 i-Road’s for this test, and there are charging stations throughout the city, which allow people to rent the vehicle for a short trip and to drop it off at a station near their destination. The idea is to solve the “last-mile problem”, by which a large portion of the population doesn’t reside within easy walking distance to their nearest point of access to public transportation. By installing charging stations in these areas, Grenoble residents are able to use the application to view availability of EVs, book the vehicles and have easier (and greener) access to the city’s entire public transportation infrastructure.

If you wish to find out more about the project, follow the link below.

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Walmart’s Straight Talk Wireless Plan Gives You Unlimited Freedom For $45 A Month

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you taken a good look at your cell phone bill recently?  You think you know what you’re getting into and what you’ll pay, but then once you read the items one by one, you notice fees and charges for just about everything. The worst of it is, you have no choice but to keep paying until the end of your contract.  Well, with Walmart’s Straight Talk Wireless, you can get Unlimited talk, text, and data for $45 a month, with absolutely no contract.  You have access to all the same cellular networks, with the same coverage and speeds for basically half the cost of similar unlimited plans.

You’re also not limited to using specific phones, but can bring your own device, keep the same phone number and stay on the same network with the “Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone program”.  That means you’ll continue to enjoy the coverage and reliability you’ve grown used to without paying the outrageous fees.

If you decide to buy a phone from Straight Talk Wireless, you have access to a laundry list of devices with prices starting as low as $39.95.  To give you an idea, the iPhone 5c will set you back $299 while the LG L34C Optimus Fuel Android Smartphone, a full-featured smartphone, is just $29.88!  

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3M’s ePrivacy Filter Software Will Keep Your Private Things Private

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

You’re an exemplary employee, handing in your reports on time, showing up to all the meetings and contributing to your company’s smooth running just as much as the next guy.  But you’re also a human being with normal distractions, and desires to look at a few non-work-related things on your computer now and then.  Nothing wrong with that, especially if you’re productive to start with; your private life is your business and should remain yours.  3M already makes a Privacy Filter film that limits the viewing angle on your computer screen, so that only you can see what’s going on and not those to the sides.  And now they’re introducing ePrivacy Filter Software that further enhances what the filter does.

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Using your PC’s webcam, the new software uses facial recognition technology to detect when you’re looking at the screen, automatically blurring everything when you walk away from your desk.  Even more impressively, it can detect when someone other than you is creeping up behind you and alerts you with an on-screen pop-up!  If you’re reading an important personal email, you don’t want Silent Jim to hover behind your shoulder and read it too!  With the 3M ePrivacy Software and the 3M Privacy Filter, you’ll have true 180 degree protection from unwanted intrusions in your private life.

It’s PC only at the moment, and there are some system requirements as well as the need for a webcam.  You can Learn more about 3M™ ePrivacy Filter Software, as well as try it out for free: Download a 30-day free trial of 3M™ ePrivacy Filter Software.

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The Only Thing That’s Better Than Receiving This Holiday Season, Is Giving

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last time I brought up CapitalOne’s #WishForOthers campaign, I tried to make a case for why my lifelong friend JS was a good candidate for receiving my #WishForOthers this Holiday season. Wish For OthersThe truth of the matter is, CapitalOne wants to bring awareness to the simple fact that as much fun as it is to receive stuff during this time of year, nothing can replace the warm and fuzzies you get when you give something to some other deserving soul instead.  That’s why they’ve launched the Wish For Others campaign; it’s an opportunity for readers to share their wish for someone else, and where they stand a chance of having these wishes fulfilled.

The fact is we all have someone in our lives that can either benefit from having you give them something, or even from just learning about the spirit of giving.  Children look up to their parents for behavioral cues, and everything they learn in infancy they will carry with them into adulthood.  One way to foster this spirit is to invite your kids to make lists of what they’d like their siblings to receive, rather than drawing up a Santa’s Letter asking for stuff for themselves.  If you don’t have kids, you can still find worthy candidates in your life if you look hard enough: what about a member of the armed forces?  A struggling small business owner who could use a little care and compassion? That neighbor who was nice enough to lend you his lawnmower when yours broke down?

Whatever it is, we encourage you to enter the campaign and share your wish for others, this Holiday season; they just might come true! You can do so by tagging @CapitalOne on Twitter, or by visiting their Facebook page or Wish For Others website.

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This Holiday Season, Foster The Spirit Of Giving By Wishing For Others, Not Yourself

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s that time of year again, when the shopping malls are decked out in full Christmas gear and ‘Jingle Bells’ blares from every available speaker. It’s a wonderful period that brings many people back to their childhood, where the only worries to be had was which Christmas classic to watch, and how to spend your snow day off.  And even once you’ve grown up, it’s still really tempting to wonder just what you’ll get under the tree.  Will it be a gaming console?  A new set of tools for the garage? Socks?

Well, the one thing that’s even nicer than receiving a present is giving one; wishing for yourself is great, but wishing for others is even better. To encourage people to just that, Capital One is launching a campaign called Wish For Others, where you’re asked to share with the world what you’d like to see someone else receive, whether it’s a close friend, a family member, or anyone close to your heart.  The best part of  #WishForOthers is that they’ll actually grant some of them!

So when they asked me what I’d wish for someone else, I had no choice but to think of my lifelong friend JS.  I’ve know the guy since I’m 6 years old and he’s the closest thing I have to a brother.  However, him and I were dealt a very different set of cards at birth (not that my life was that great, incidentally).  His parents were mostly absent and divorced at 8, when hey chose to send him to schools for kids with behavioural issues.  This exacerbated his temperament and he never ended up graduating high school.  Through many bad decisions he ended up using drugs and eventually started showing signs of mental illness.  Throughout his 20’s he spent time in and out of mental institutions and it’s only recently, in his early 30s, that he’s started to stabilize.  But he’s a broken man who lives barely above the poverty line, has few social skills and even less prospects for the future.

Despite this history, I know him to be a kindhearted person, caring endlessly for his grandmother and friends.  He’s never harmed anyone and I know all he really wants is a normal life with a wife and kids.  While those goals may be slightly unrealistic at the moment, I can say that the pillar of our friendship, the one thing we shared over the 28 years we’ve known one another, is gaming.  From 1988 onwards, we played together on every console that came on the market.  I’d buy them, and he’d come over for days to play. It was the one common ground we always shared, and it’s cemented our friendship, troubled as it might have been. Now of course he still plays, but he does so on a cathode ray television (the big ole’ boxes of old) and an Xbox 360. It’s all he can afford. So… that’s my wish for JS.  I’d love to see him play on a proper HDTV and an Xbox One.  It’s not much in relation to all the other things he’s missing, but it gives him a bit of joy in an otherwise pretty bleak life.

So what would you wish for others? You can enter Capital One’s contest in many different ways.  You can share your wish for others in Twitter or Instagram, while using the hashtag #WishForOthers.  You can also visit @CapitalOne’s Facebook page and enter there.  If you’re curious about what’s going on with the campaign and want to get more details, simply go to their website, Wish For Others.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to brighten up someone’s holiday season, whether or not they end up winning your wishes for them.

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