Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith: Sting Nabs Coach, 3 Volunteer Elf's And Much More

By Boxing Fans,

Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith: Sting Nabs Coach, 3 Volunteer Elf's And Much More

Don Smith

39 year old boxing mentor and gym proprietor Damien Stone (Stone Hard Gym, Chandler Arizona) was arrested on Friday December 13 and charged with one count of prostitution, a class one misdemeanor. Stone was one of 111 men and women apprehended and booked during a vigorous two week (12/2-16) vice sting operation, code name:"Operation Vice Grip." Revelation of the investigation and bust was made public during a press conference hosted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joesph Arpaio on December 18. His briefing primarily focused on the 30 persons charged with soliciting a minor for the purpose of prostitution, a class two misdemeanor subject to prison time if found guilty. The sting operation also resulted in the confiscation of 32 lbs of Methamphetamine, 21 kilos of Cocaine, 487 lbs of Marijuana and an unspecified number of guns. According to published reports, "Operation Vice Grip" is the largest police sting operation conducted in Arizona history.

One of the alleged offenders is a male high school chemistry teacher,according to news reports, who responded to an online ad placed by two female Tempe Arizona Police Detectives posing as 16 year old girls willing to perform unmentionable sexual acts. He, like 29 other men, believed the promise of a good time over the phone and agreed to meet the two under cover officers at a specific location and consummate the promise. When the men arrived, the detectives contacted them again and told the anxious males they were 16 year old girls willing to deliver sexual favors for a price. Several of the accused have admitted guilt while others used their right to lawyer up and contest the charges. The apprehension of the school teacher and another male with a history of criminal conviction of sex offenses may explain why others arrested in the sting operation received less media scrutiny.

Mr. Stone's name was given to me by an anonymous tipster who saw his mug shot displayed on a local Phoenix Television website ( CBS Channel 5). The source, a boxing fan, didn't know specifics, but it was an interesting news tip that motivated me to pick up the phone and find out what was behind the arrest of Damien Stone. The story printed on the website didn't mention Mr. Stone; so I dialed CBS 5 and talked to Scott(reporter) who knew nothing about charges against Stone, but he did recall the name and photo. I told him I would call the Sheriff's Office and talk to someone in the media relations department. He wished me luck in a lifeless monotone, indicative of someone who thought I was fishing in the wrong pond. I thanked him for his help and took my next step, a call to the Sheriff's media representative.

I talked to the Media Specialist (Name Withheld) who told me that Mr. Stone was released on his own recognizance and instructed to report to Kyrene Justice of the Peace Court in Chandler, Arizona on December 30. If found guilty of the Class One Misdemeanor, Presiding Judge Elizabeth Rogers could decide to sentence the boxing coach to six months in jail and fine him $2,500.00 +court costs, (an additional $1,500.00) or your Honor could deliver the minimum punishment, no fine, no time and send him on his way with a verbal admonishment.

Judge Rogers was elected to serve in 2006 and she is currently the Secretary for the Arizona State Justice of the Peace Association and the Maricopa County Justice of the Peace Association. She was born in California, moved to Arizona in 1992, attended Carl Hayden High School and Arizona State University. Before her election to the bench, Rogers ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona Congressional seat in the 5th District. The sentencing information was obtained from a verified member of the Maricopa County Attorney's staff. Special thanks to law enforcement for their cooperation. It should be made abundantly clear that Mr. Stone isn't charged with soliciting a minor for the purpose of prostitution.

In addition to facing possible punitive action from the judicial system; Mr. Stone,as a boxing gym owner and member of the USA Boxing Arizona Organization, faces moral condemnation from the community he serves and expulsion from USA Boxing Arizona if convicted as a sex offender. In his defense, Mr. Stone told me "It was a bachelor party and a sting." I asked him if he would like to elaborate and he replied "No" and reiterated his initial response: "It was a bachelor party and a sting." He will have his day in court and rightfully, so. Mr.
Stone is married with children.

Gold Medal Winner: Congratulations to Sulem Urbina Soto for winning the gold medal in the flyweight division at the Mexican Amateur National Championships held November 30-December 7 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sulem, a U.S.A resident, born in Mexico, has hopes of representing her native country (Mexico) in the 2016 Olympics. Good job! Sulem is trained by her husband, Andrew Soto, Knockout Gym.

Three Elfs: In Keeping with the yule time spirit, WBO Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido, Welterweight sensation Jose Benavidez Jr. and fledgling super middleweight David Benavidez participated in a blanket drive to benefit Andre House, a charitable 501 C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to Ministering to the poor and homeless population living in the Phoenix Area. The event was held at Karla's Kitchen,2448 Grand Avenue in Phoenix, on Saturday, December 21. All three pugilists obliged their fans with autographs and photo opportunities. Fans brought new or gently used blankets which will be distributed to Andre House clients.

The organization was founded in 1984 by two Holy Cross Priests and continues to feed,clothe and provide shelter for countless people who needed a helping hand. Thank you Orlando, Jose and David for your example of giving. Jose and David are frequent volunteers at the South Phoenix Facility. It refreshing to see athletes step up to the plate and do the right thing. The boxing community will remember.

33 year old Orlando Salido(40-12-2 w/28 knockouts) has a home in Phoenix and trains at the Iron Boy Gym in South Phoenix. Fight reported last month that two time Olympic Gold Medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko has challenged the champ to meet him on March 1, 2014 at a location to be determined, but MSG in New York is the best bet for now. Lomachenko is 1-0 as a professional and that performance received mixed reviews but he is a two time gold medal winner. Top Rank will promote the bout. David (2-0 w/2 knockouts) is scheduled to fight on the Iron Boy 11 card at the Celebrity Theater on 2/22. Jose (18-0-w/14 knockouts) has no confirmed date. Also
attending the event was award winning Sports Director Felipe Corral (Univision Television Group) with his son. Special high five for event coordinator Emily Pandelakis. Salido Plans to fight as a super featherweight in the near future.

In Memory: Every year we lose valued members of our universal boxing community to death and as a result, ABN&N asks boxing fans to pause and reflect upon our loss. 2013 was particularly difficult for Arizona fans who were shocked and disgusted at the senseless and brutal murder of 17 year old amateur boxing sensation Alexis Urbina in September. In November, Phoenix Police apprehended two suspects who are awaiting criminal proceeding. The Urbina family has vowed to remember and celebrate his legacy with future tributes and lasting memorials.

Here is a partial list of boxing figures who passed away in 2013: Ken Norton, Emile Griffith, Filipino teenager Jonas Garcia,Jacob Matala, Tommy Morrison, Leo Alonzo, Michael Walker Florentino Fernandez, Tony Martin, Chucho Castillo, Carmelo Negron, Luis Molina and Billy Smith. For a complete list go online to Wikipedia where fans can find at least 130 names of men and women who served the boxing industry proudly during their life's work. Rest in Peace!

Quick Jabs: Arizona Heavyweight Rico Hoye was mentioned on Boxrec for a tentative fight date of April 20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but that date is null and void. He is now thinking of possible action on January 10, nothing set in cement........Tucson welterweight Roshawn McCain doesn't get much ink, but he could be someone to watch. A later comer to the sport of boxing, Roshawn reached the quarterfinals in the U.S.A. Olympic trials for 2012 before turning professional at age 26 earlier this year. Trainer Jesse Haro (Scrap Yard Gym in Tucson) thinks McCain is a keeper while skeptics say the "old" man started too late to harvest a meaningful career. Roshawn didn't take up the sort until he was 22. His professional record stands at 2-0 with both victories posted as unanimous decisions. The Tucson fighter bested Brady Rein in his last fight (Nevada) on 4 days notice. Haro told me, Arizona Boxing Match Maker Mike Sanchez showed courage in booking the virtual unknown and the exposure and outcome may lead to several upcoming bouts in Nevada.

Mr. McCain joins a growing number of young Arizona based boxing prospects who are starting to get noticed by scribes outside of the Cactus State. Others include Jose Benavidez Jr., Trevor McCumby, Victor Castro, Abel Ramos, Luis Olivares, Carlos Castro, Francisco C. De Vaca, David Benavidez, Brandon Riddell and Alexis Zazueta. I didn't include Alexis Santiago and Juanito Garcia on the list because both fighters hold title belts and champions are no longer considered prospects; in my opinion. Boxing fans in Arizona are hoping at least one of these "young hopefuls" can eventually win a world title. To do so, a fighter must be hungry enough to make sacrifices and take on all challengers at any venue. Cherry picking foes and always fighting in your own backyard is counter
productive and naive.

Golden Gloves: 67th Arizona Golden Gloves Tournament is scheduled for March 7,8,9 at the Arizona Events Center in Mesa. As customary, the annual Event will honor the legacy and memory of Al Fenn who was instrumental in promoting amateur and professional boxing in the state of Arizona. Kelly Fenn, after her father's death, assumed his role as director of the Annual Golden Gloves Tournament and the Copper Gloves boxing show held yearly during the Arizona State Fair commencing in Mid-October. Check the Arizona Golden Gloves site for more information. Ticket prices are always reasonable for both events.

Olympic Dream : I Spent some time at Fuentes Boxing Gym, on McDowell Road in Phoenix, recently and was impressed by the work ethic of the young boxers assembled. Arguably the best young talent in the Fuentes stable is 15 year old Isaac Wences. Senor Wences wants to represent the U.S.A. in the 2016 Olympics, but there is a problem with his birth certificate and his place of birth which is Mexico. Isaac is working with authorities to change his status so he can remain in this country and pursue his dream. So far the prognosis looks good. Isaac is a good kid with a lot of potential. Fuentes Gym has three young fighters competing in the 2014 Nationals in Reno Nevada.

A Win for the Champ: I bumped into 5 time world champion Michael Carbajal recently and he was elated about winning back the rights to his 9th Street Gym in Phoenix. Conniving brother Danny Carbajal (former trainer) donated the property to a local non profit organization (Youth Assistance Foundation) without Michael's knowledge and the Champ had to go through "Hell" to get his property back. A Phoenix judge sided with Michael and the boxing community couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, Michael will never retrieve the Millions of dollars stolen from him by an older brother he once trusted in and out of the ring.

Team Arizona: The Junior & Youth Nationals are set for Reno Nevada, January 5-11, 2014. Arizona will be sending 13 boxers to the eventand here is a complete list of the Arizona participants and the boxing gyms they represent. Junior Division: Fernando Martinez 106 lbs.Fuentes Gym...Karin Cuevas 101 lbs Knockout Gym...Gabriel Quizada 119 lbs. Fuentes Gym...Andres Gaytan 114 lbs. Salvation Army....Alfredo Escarcega 132 lbs. AZ. Boxing Academy. Youth Division: Monica Suazo 106 lbs. Tucson Wolf-Pack Boxing...Ariel Arizmendez 132 lbs. Sonny's Gym....Adrian Servin 108 lbs. Knockout Gym....Robert Garcia 114 lbs. Peraza Boxing....Edwin Ceballos best christmas cards lbs Fuentes Gym....Omar Samano 132 lbs Gene Lewis Boxing....Eban Vargas 141 lbs. Gene Lewis Boxing....Armando Gaytan 152 lbs. Salvation Army Boxing. Leading the Arizona Team are coaches Sonny Gutierrez and Juan Mendoza. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, drive safely. Until Next Time!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sigma Issues D5300 Compatibility Fix for Five Lenses

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Sigma has issued an update to Sigma Optimisation Pro, the dedicated software for the Sigma USB Dock (pictured), providing a fix for a couple of compatibility issues with five of its lenses and the new Nikon D5300. Owners of the Nikon-mount versions of the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM and 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM optics are advised to update their lens firmware via Sigma Optimisation Pro if they plan on using their lenses on a Nikon D5300 body.

Website: Sigma Optimisation Pro

Sigma Press Release Dear SIGMA USB DOCK Users,

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that we have updated the firmware of the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.

The latest firmware enables our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses fully functional with the Nikon D5300 camera. For those customers who own following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.

・35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 NIKON
・17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 NIKON
・30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 NIKON
・18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 NIKON
・120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013 NIKON

Should the version of SIGMA Optimization Pro is not updated to Ver. 1.1 yet, please be sure to do it before operating any lens firmware update.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page;

We appreciate your consistent support for our company and products.

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Sigma Issues D5300 Compatibility Fix for Five Lenses

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Sigma has issued an update to Sigma Optimisation Pro, the dedicated software for the Sigma USB Dock (pictured), providing a fix for a couple of compatibility issues with five of its lenses and the new Nikon D5300. Owners of the Nikon-mount versions of the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM and 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM optics are advised to update their lens firmware via Sigma Optimisation Pro if they plan on using their lenses on a Nikon D5300 body.

Website: Sigma Optimisation Pro

Sigma Press Release Dear SIGMA USB DOCK Users,

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that we have updated the firmware of the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.

The latest firmware enables our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses fully functional with the Nikon D5300 camera. For those customers who own following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.

・35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 NIKON
・17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 NIKON
・30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 NIKON
・18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 NIKON
・120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013 NIKON

Should the version of SIGMA Optimization Pro is not updated to Ver. 1.1 yet, please be sure to do it before operating any lens firmware update.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page;

We appreciate your consistent support for our company and products.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Nikon Releases D5300 Digital SLR Camera

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The new Nikon D5300 with built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS makes it simple to share high quality images

Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the D5300, Nikon's latest entry-level DX-format digital SLR camera.

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The D5300 offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as the new high-performance EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. It is Nikon's first digital SLR camera to offer built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi®) and GPS functions, so users can easily share high-quality images captured with the D5300 and NIKKOR lenses via a smart device. These functions also allow users to look back on routes taken on vacation or with outdoor activities using a log feature that is part of the built-in GPS function.

The D5300 is designed with a structure made of a new material to bring about a smaller and lighter body while maintaining the necessary strength and durability. The camera is also equipped with a number of features that support various shooting situations, including a 3.2-inch, approximately 1037k-dot vari-angle monitor with a wide viewing angle for shooting from a variety of angles, a full-HD movie recording function that supports recording of smooth 1920 × 1080/60p movies, and a Special Effects mode with nine options that can be applied to photos and movies with shooting for a variety of creative effects.

The Zoom/Focus Assist Lever NAL-1 for exclusive use with NIKKOR lenses will also be released at the same time as the D5300. The NAL-1 is a lever that enables smoother zooming and focusing when attached to the zoom ring or focus ring on a NIKKOR lens and is especially convenient for movie recording.

D5300 Primary Features

1. An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels anda Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, for superior image quality and definition

The D5300 offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and is equipped with a DX-format CMOS image sensor developed exclusively by Nikon. It supports a broad range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to 12800, as well as an additional expansion of up to ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 1) for high-definition images exhibiting very little noise with shooting at a broad range of sensitivities. In addition, the high-speed performance of the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, optimized for high-performance digital SLR cameras, provides superior results with noise reduction (NR), auto white balance, color reproduction characteristics, tone processing, and image quality at high sensitivities. The absence of a low-pass filter maximizes the superior resolution of the high pixel count and rendering capabilities of NIKKOR lenses.

2. Built-in Wi-Fi for transferring high-quality images to a smart device for ease of sharing

As Nikon's first digital SLR camera equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi function, high-quality images with an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels captured from a variety of angles using the flexible vari-angle monitor can be transferred to a smart device for sharing with others[*1]. This expands the ways in which images are enjoyed after they are taken by enabling immediate image transfer for sharing photos with family and friends via blogs or social networking sites anytime, anywhere.

    Transfer function: Images captured by the D5300, or already saved to a memory card inserted in the D5300, can be transferred to a smart device over a wireless connection. These images can then be viewed in the smart device display, or uploaded to a blog or social networking site. In addition, the size at which images are transferred to a smart device can be selected from two options to fit the storage capacity of the smart device.
    Remote shooting function: The camera's live view shooting display can be shown on the display of the smart device in real time, allowing users to accurately frame photos and predict results with remote control while shooting[*2].
    Manual upload function: Users can select images to be uploaded to a smart device using the D5300 monitor display. In situations or environments that do not sufficiently support immediate image upload, or when a smart device is not readily available, the camera can be used to specify images, and image file size, to be uploaded to the smart device at a later time.

[*1] The Wireless Mobile Utility app must first be installed on the smart device (the app can be downloaded free of charge from the smart device's app store).

[*2] Effective only when AF-area mode is set to "Normal-area AF" or "Wide-area AF".

3. A built-in GPS function that records location data and tracks movement

The D5300 is Nikon's first digital SLR camera with a built-in GPS function, enabling recording of location data (longitude, latitude, altitude) with images. It also works seamlessly with ViewNX 2, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, and commercial mapping software enables display of images where they were captured on maps, as well as sharing of images with location data. The A-GPS function also makes detection of location data smoother. This capability allows users to look back on memories or track their movement, on vacations or with outdoor activities by shooting location, and date and time of capture.

4. Designed using a new material for a smaller and lighter body that is strong and durable

The D5300 is designed using a new material. As the camera cover and body are formed with a rigid, integrated structure, there are fewer joints. This enables a smaller and lighter camera with a width of 125 mm, height of 98 mm, and depth of 76 mm, and weighing just 530 g[*], all while maintaining the necessary strength and durability.

* Including battery and SD memory card; excluding body cap.

5. A 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor with wide viewing angle for simple shooting from any angle

The D5300 features a larger 3.2-inch (approximately 1037k-dot) LCD monitor with wide viewing angle for a crisp and clear display. The side-hinged vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to 180° at the side, and can be rotated up to 90° clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise. This enables shooting from a wide variety of angles, from low to high, making even self-portraits possible.

6. D-Movie function for recording full-HD 1920 × 1080 60p movies

The D5300 is equipped with a D-Movie function that supports recording of 1920 × 1080/60p movies. The combination of NIKKOR lenses, a high pixel-count CMOS image sensor unit which does not include an optical low-pass filter, and an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, enables recording of high-definition movies exhibiting superior rendering characteristics. In addition, autofocusing during movie recording is possible using contrast-detect AF. When the focus mode is set to full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and AF-area mode is set to Subject-tracking AF, the camera automatically maintains focus on moving subjects. Manual movie settings are also available, allowing users to choose the desired shutter speed and ISO sensitivity in live view mode and with movie recording. Movie frame rate with full-HD recording can be selected from 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, and 60p. In addition to recording of high-quality sound via the built-in stereo microphone, the optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 can also be used to record stereo sound.

    Toy Camera Effect: Create photos and movies in which colors have been changed and edges have been shaded so that they appear to have been recorded with a toy camera. Users can adjust the vividness and degree of vignetting (peripheral shading) from three options each to suit their individual preferences.
    HDR Painting[*]: The camera shoots two frames at different exposures and combines them, with processing that changes color tones, for HDR images with a painterly effect.

7. Toy Camera Effect and HDR Painting added to Special Effects mode (total of 9 effects) for more creative expression with still images and movies

The D5300 is equipped with a Special Effects mode, with which effects can be selected and applied with recording of both still images and movies. The effects can also be previewed in the camera monitor in real time before shooting or recording begins. A total of nine special effects are available, including the seven built into the D5200 (Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Night Vision, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key), as well as the new Toy Camera Effect and HDR Painting*. This allows users to easily utilize dramatic effects like those seen in art and the movies. This mode was incorporated into the D5300 to respond to the creative intent of users who were searching for a way to express their own unique style and creativity.

* HDR Painting cannot be applied to movies. Further, results of the HDR Painting effect cannot be previewed in the camera monitor.

8. Designed with a firm grip using just one hand and available in 3 colors, including a new gray option

The grip on the D5300 is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand for a firm hold using just one hand, making framing via both the optical viewfinder and the monitor's live view display easier. In addition to the popular black and red colors, the D5300 is also available in a new gray option. Metal parts on the D5300, such as the microphone cover and plate over the mode dial, have also been designed with a surface finish that gives the camera an elegant appearance.

About Nikon

Pricing and Availability

The Nikon 5300 will be available in three colors (Black, Red and Gray), starting in November 2013 at the suggested retail price (SRP) of AED 3,999. For more information on the new Nikon D5300 and other Nikon products, please visit

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Wi-Fi Camera

Updated: October 28, 2013

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Nikon just introduced the D5300 DSLR camera, which offers an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing, Vari-angle LCD, GPS and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi. The mid-range SLR is compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), and can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use.

The D5300 is Nikon's first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user's smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.


  • Amazing Low Light Performance - For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing - Nikon's most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System - To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it's a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System - Nikon's quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second - While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300′s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor - Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture "selfies" at an arm's length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture - Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility - The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon's legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for$1,399.95. Available colors include Black, Red and Gray.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Nikon D5300 hands-on review

Nikon Nikon D5300 Offers at a glance:

  • 24.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • 1.037-million-dot, 3.2in, 170° LCD screen
  • Expeed 4 image processor
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Price £730 body only

Nikon D5300 - Introduction

While the serious enthusiast is unlikely to be swayed into buying a Nikon DSLR over a Canon model purely because the Nikon camera is newer, the reality is that at the non-premium end of the market this is how some people make their buying decisions. 'Newer' must mean 'better'.

This demand for the 'new' explains why we see such short product cycles in the camera market, and why manufacturers feel the need to introduce even small advances in technology or feature sets in cameras with completely new names - rather than a 'Mark II' type of naming format.

Those familiar with Nikon's range of DSLRs may not see the sense in the company's introduction of the new D5300, especially as Nikon will maintain the D5200 alongside this model in the range - new and old together. By doing so, though, Nikon expands the number of cameras it has on offer and the number of price points it can cover, while also being able to have a model that can carry a 'New' sticker, and which introduces new features to the price band in which it will sit.

That's not to say that the Nikon D5300 isn't different to the D5200, though, as a new processor, new body design and the integration of wireless communications do genuinely bring additional benefits to the photographer.

Nikon D5300 - Design and handling

Nikon is very pleased that it has achieved a new way of constructing camera bodies, which it describes as a 'monocoque'. Instead of there being a chassis, onto which the components and the body shell are attached, the D5300 is designed to have everything screwed to the insides of the body form itself: exoskeleton, rather then the usual endoskeleton.

Image: The top of the camera houses only a few control points, keeping the layout simple and unintimidating for newcomers. A stereo microphone lives in front of the hotshoe

The D5300's body shell is also made of a new material, although Nikon won't say what that new material is - just that it is new. The upshot is that the body is less heavy than it might have been, and is 25g lighter, including the battery, than the camera it doesn't replace, the D5200.

I'm not entirely sure that when I used the camera I could appreciate the exact weight loss that has occurred, but I was able to enjoy the fact that this is truly a lightweight DSLR, of the type that we might not mind carrying all day, over the shoulder, in a bag or in a large pocket. The body is very small too, although it is balanced with a reassuringly large grip for the right hand. It seems ironic that a small and light camera should need a large grip, but I found it allowed me to be aware I was carrying the camera, and should a larger lens be attached it will help to support the forward pull of such a weight distribution.

Image: The body styling will be familiar to those used to the Nikon 5000 series, as will the standard menu. The 3.2in flip-out screen has impressive visibility

The buttons are arranged much as one might expect, with all the principal controls falling easily to the finger or thumb. The rear 3.2in LCD is very nicely bright and clear, with its 1.037-million-dot resolution. Nikon has set the viewing panel into the glass screen, so there are no gaps or internal reflections, which produces good contrast and a clear view from a quoted angled of up to 170°. I am impressed.

In live view, the screen works well when the camera is held low or high, and I found the AF quick enough and seemingly accurate. The response of the shutter in live view also seems good.

Image: Nikon has retained its choice of layouts for the rear-screen display, with text-based and graphically expressed options to suit personal preferences

Nikon D5300 - Still to test

The principal changes in this model are of the sort that will only be proved in testing, but at this stage their potential is worth pointing out. Using the higher-capacity Expeed 4 processor, Nikon claims it has been able to reduce noise in its images through the use of more complicated calculations. A related benefit is that now noise levels are lower the company is comfortable offering a higher ISO setting - the Nikon D5300 allows ratings of up to ISO 25,600. More complex calculations also provide the potential for better white balance assessment in automatic modes via a more comprehensive assessment of the scene, and a better rendition of colour overall.

Lower noise should also lead to better resolution of detail from the 24.2-million-pixel sensor, as should Nikon's decision to do without the micro-blurring effects of a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter. Leaving the low-pass filter off the sensor has become very fashionable, and I suspect it will be a great draw for many photographers. Moiré in images created by a sensor with 24 million pixels, even an APS-C-sized sensor, is still something that is quite likely to occur, but there is also plenty of software to correct it after the event.

The other thing to note is that this model sees the introduction of a new battery cell, which Nikon says increases capacity from 500 shots to 600 compared to the cell used in the D5200. It annoys me when companies change their battery forms, but on this occasion the new cell and that used in the D5200 are interchangeable.

Obviously, I couldn't test the battery life of the camera, but we should take the increase as good news. I will also have to wait to test the Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities of this new model, but neither can be held as negative points just for their inclusion. The Wi-Fi integration means users will be able to control the camera from an Android or iOS device, and will be able to wirelessly transfer images for viewing, editing and sending while on the go.

Image: The new battery, which is backwards compatible with the D5200, offers a longer life. There is no low-pass filter on the sensor, for extra resolution

Nikon D5300 - Conclusion

It would be easy to dismiss the Nikon D5300 for being too similar to the D5200, but that really isn't the point. There is not much wrong with the D5200, and the changes that this new model brings can only make it better. Perhaps Nikon could have called it the D5200 ll, but I'm not sure it matters one bit.

The Nikon D5300 will cost around £730 body only and be available from 14 November.

Source: Amateurphotographer

Saturday, October 26, 2013

WIN a Nikon S9500 camera!

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Honda has launched a#HondaPassport Twitter competition for one lucky winner to choose their dream journey, worth £5,000. We all love to take photos when we're out and about and perhaps even get a little snap happy, so why not put them to good use and try to nab yourself your dream holiday?

All you need to do is fill your Honda passport with stamps from different categories by tweeting your image, including #HondaPassport. Images will be automatically uploaded to the content hub and all entries will receive a stamp in their Honda passport depending on which travel category you're collecting.

The aim of the game is to fill your passport with as many stamps as possible and the more stamps received, the better chance of winning the £5,000 dream holiday. The winner is decided by the public, who will be asked to vote for the Honda Passport they like the most.

To celebrate the #HondaPassport competition, Honda has joined forces with Nikon to help capture those special memories by giving you the chance to win a Nikon S9500 with 22x optical zoom.

For your chance to win, visit our Facebook page and enter your details on the entry page before November 15.

Good luck!

Source: Parentdish

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hottest Halloween Costume Trends For 2013

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TORONTO - From the complex characters in a medieval epic to a band of bearded duck hunters on the Louisiana bayou, elements of fantasy and reality are inspiring some of this year's hot Halloween costumes.

Value Village store manager Christine Riddell said the large cast and regal twist showcased in the hit cable series "Game of Thrones" has made the show a go-to for those seeking to recreate the ensembles, such as the sword-wielding knights or platinum blond Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons.

At the other end of the style and time spectrums, the Robertson clan featured on popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" is offering an ample dose of Southern comfort for costume enthusiasts clamouring to mimic their distinctive, outdoorsy ensembles.

"Most guys have a pair of rubber boots or a camouflage pair of pants. You've just got to put an old T-shirt with it, a bandanna, a pair of sunglasses, and of course, the big accessory is the big beard," said Riddell. "It's a funny show, so the guys really have fun putting this (costume) together."

"Breaking Bad" may have faded to black, but fans of the recently concluded TV crime drama can still channel Walter White with their Halloween getups.

Geoff Waszek, co-owner of Candy's Costume Shop in Toronto, said they've been fielding requests for costumes inspired by the award-winning series. They've managed to come through by bringing in hazmat suits inspired by those worn by the fictional meth-maker.

Waszek said the costume-buying process begins in January when he attends a Halloween convention in Houston to scope out ensembles slated to be produced for the year. He said the costumes always follow what's popular in the news, media or movies.

"For example, the Avengers are very, very popular. All the girls, they want to be Catwoman, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Silk Spectre from 'The Watchmen,'" Waszek said. "The children want to be Spider-Man, (characters from) 'Despicable Me,' Wolverine - all basically the most popular costumes that we sell generally follow the movies.

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"'Iron Man' is always popular and I'm sure with the success of 'Gravity,' we're going to be having a lot of requests for astronaut suits now," Waszek added, a reference to the hit lost-in-space flick starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

In Value Village's fourth annual Halloween Shopping Survey of 1,000 adults, the thrift retailer found nearly half of respondents think movies and TV shows are the best source of costume inspiration.

The recent blockbuster season 4 premiere of "The Walking Dead" proved that the zombie series still has bite, and its popularity is being parlayed into Halloween costumes.

"I think we get the most requests right now for zombies. You can really zombie-fy anything," said Riddell. "It's on trend, and it's really easy and inexpensive with our gently used clothing selection here.

"We've seen the bride and groom, the prom queen. We've seen the cheerleader and football players, rock stars - and you can basically take it anywhere," she added, citing fake blood, silver hairspray and makeup and shredded or torn clothes among the staples in assembling the ghoulish getups.

Waszek said he's observed a growing appetite for spookier costumes among younger consumers.

"Generally, in previous years, a lot of girls just want to be princesses or superheroes. But we're getting a lot more requests for the horror costumes," he said, adding that they zombie costume and horror prom queen getups on offer.

Beyond mining pop culture for ideas, the likelihood of online posts, "likes" - or perhaps a desire to avoid duplication - is also a driving force behind costume choice, the Value Village poll suggested.

Almost 40 per cent of respondents said they make a greater effort to wear something different each year because they know pictures of them in costume will be posted on social media channels such as Facebook and Pinterest. Nearly 70 percent of those who typically don costumes admitted social media platforms influence their costume choices. Meanwhile, nearly half are inspired by looking at photos of what others wore that pop up in their online feeds.

While outlandish costumes may make waves, individuals don't necessarily need to to break the bank - or even buy a full costume - to piece together an on-trend look.

"If a customer has their own suit, they could do 'The Great Gatsby' where we just give them a hat, a bowtie and a cane and they're off. And they leave very happy," said Waszek.

Indeed, the recent big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel has helped revitalize interest in '20s-inspired fashions. And for some, thoughs of the dapper styles featured on the big screen still lingers as they assemble their Halloween outfits.

Riddell said they've been fielding a lot of requests for "Gatsby"-inspired looks channelling the glam, roaring '20s, such as flapper-style dresses.

Also generating buzz is steampunk, which draws on influences from the industrial age and Victorian-era styles. Riddell described it as a combination of a Sherlock Holmes look with "a bit of spin" with gears and gadgets, with girls sporting black boots and fishnet stockings.

"We have a lot of people asking for that. We do have a lot of new accessories: that's a lot a brown and dark colours, goggles and pocket watches and things like that. That seems to be a popular one this year."



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WATCH: Cannabis Cat Is Unmasked As A Drug Mule

<carved pumpkins weddingp>A crafty cat has been caught smuggling cannabis into a Moldovan prison - via bags tied to his collar.

The grey and white feline aroused suspicion after it was spotted regularly nipping through a hole in the jail fence, the BBC reported.

Video of his collar being searched was posted on YouTube by Moldova's justice ministry.

The cat was found to be carrying to bags of cannabis attached to its collar

According to The Associated Press, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said on Friday that "someone in the village of Pruncul was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope at the local prison."

It's not the first time a cat has been caught out smuggling contraband into a prison.

In January one enterprising feline was spotted attempting to smuggle a mobile phone, selection of saw and drill bits into a Brazilian prison.

And in March, another four-legged-fiend was intercepted as it sneaked mobile phones and chargers into a Russian jail.

Source: Huffingtonpost

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Top Ten Halloween Costumes Based on TV and Movie Characters

Halloween has finally bestowed upon us: that time of year where we can disguise ourselves and impersonate a persona we have never been before. There's no better way to celebrate Halloween than dressing up as your favorite television or movie character. This year has brought us some great TV and motion pictures. We've compiled some of the best characters from this year, giving you inspiration for your costumes.

10) Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This year, many people are sure to go as District 12's Hunger Games victor, Katniss Everdeen. Last year, the popular 3-part book series was made into an even more hyped-up movie. Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence starred as the book's main character, a bow tossing young girl who sacrifices her life to save her sister and defy the oppressive, Capitol government. The second installment, Catching Fire, is due out this November. Jennifer reprises her role alongside Hollywood hunks Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

To pull off your best Katniss Everdeen, you must achieve "hunter chic." Buy a light, structured, active wear jacket in any camo color. Pair that with riding boots and pants. The Hunger Games made braids big last fall thanks to Katniss' signature side braid. Try any variation of this look.

For those who prefer a more glamorous approach, channel Katniss' "girl on fire" look. It may pose a challenge finding a red gown equipped with fire, like Everdeen's. This look can be achieved with over the top makeup, inspired by The Capitol. A heavily powdered face and futuristic make-up will have you ready to go!

9) Spring Breakers

Yes, it's fall, but why not go on spring break a little early this year? Spring Breakers may have received mixed critical reviews, but the characters are undoubtedly a blast. You'll definitely have a good time this Halloween dressing as the college girls gone wild.

Throw on a string bikini, denim shorts, and sneakers. Then, you must equip yourself with bank robber accessories. Throw on a ski mask and get yourself a fake (definitely fake) weapon. costume for halloween for girls works best if you have three friends willing to take part.

Boys, or comedic girls: try going as Alien, the Riff-Raff inspired rapper who accompanies the girls on their bank robbing spree. You'll need a grill, thug-like clothing, and corn-rows. Spring break forever!

8) A Minion, Despicable Me

Despicable Me 2 was a big hit this summer. Who doesn't love the minions? They are the adorable mini sidekicks of the main character, Gru. You can be one too this Halloween and quite simply!

Stop yourself now if you're thinking of painting your body yellow. Wear a yellow top, overalls, and goggles and you are good to go!

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7) Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana

I don't know about you, but I miss Hannah Montana! Sure Miley 2.0 is great, with her provocative performances and well-received new album. Still, Hannah Montana had "the best of both worlds" and you just can't beat that.

The most important and obvious piece: that big, old' blonde wig. Ms. Montana is most often found in a sequence top or skirt with leggings (anything teeny-bopper). You must have a microphone or, better yet, a microphone headpiece. Make sure to speak with a southern twang and be ready to belt out Hannah Montana's greatest hits.

Costume works best if you have a friend willing to be Miley circa the 2013 VMA's.

6) Game of Thrones

Medieval was never so cool, thanks to the popular HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song of Fire and Ice.

Don your best Stark attire. If you want to be medieval-evil, go as King Jeoffry with a crown and torture devices. If you're thinking about heading beyond The Wall, be sure to wear a faux fur to keep warm!

Females have their share of Thrones-themed costumes. Try Queen Cersei Lannister and don medieval royal fashion. There's also Daenerys Targaryen with her ice white hair and pet dragons. Cloaks and dramatic jewelry will help you achieve these looks. A crown is a nice added touch.

5) A Walker, The Walking Dead

Last week, AMC's hit The Walking Dead returned for season 4. Fans of the show know that walkers (the show's term for zombies) are gory as can be. So in order to be a walker in post-zombie apocalypse glory, you can't be shy on the guts. Rick and the gang are fearless but can still be startled by the always flesh-hungry undead.

There is no dress code for the walker costume. Jeans and a t-shirt works, so long as it's covered in "human flesh." Go to any local Halloween store and purchase a zombie mouth and makeup. Try and look like you just came out of a crypt. If you really want to be the most frightening walker of them all, purchase non-prescription contacts giving you the zombie glazed over eye. Who's hungry?!

If you don't want to go the bloodthirsty route, go as The Governor. The look for Woodbury's evil leader can be achieved with a comb-over and eye patch. Young children can go as Carl.

4) Sons of Anarchy

If you want to look cool this Halloween, be a brother of the Sons of Anarchy. Jax Teller and his gang exude the tough, biker look and you can too. A leather jacket should not be hard to find. However, for those of you who are not already tatted up, you're going to need to be a mock-sleeve. Grow out your hair, and facial hair, to achieve that rugged look.

Girls can try the look by getting biker chic. Leather, denim, and bandanas galore! Or channel Gemma and her bad-mama-jamma hair do'.

3) Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Stay classy this Halloween as San Diego's number one newscaster. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is due on this year, so now's the perfect time to dress as the popular Will Ferrell character. The best part of going as Ron Burgundy? You get to drop his countless, classic movie lines all night. "Milk was a bad choice," "You know I don't speak Spanish," "I'm in a glass case of emotion," to name a few.

This costume requires a 70's styled suit. Ridiculous colored suits are preferable. The most important feature is Burgundy's handlebar mustache. Be oblivious to the world around you and you're good to go!

2) Gatsby or Daisy, The Great Gatsby

Suit and tie! Beloved, classic American-novel, The Great Gatsby was remade this summer, becoming a blockbuster hit. The combination of edgy, new music with the swag and decadence of the Roaring 20's made Jay Gatsby cooler than ever. Leonardo DiCaprio took on the role bringing a Jack Dawson-like charm. So you want to Gatsby for Halloween, old sport? First off, you're going to need to suit up. For the full effect, don a pastel hue. Also be sure to lick back your hair.

Ladies can get in on the fun as well, dressing as Daisy Bucchanan, Gatsby's object of affection. Coming from old money, a Daisy costume requires elegance and class. Jewel-encrusted flapper dresses, pearls, and feather headbands will give you this look. A powdered face with neutral eyes and bold lips will finish it off.

1) Walter White and Jesse Pinkmen, Breaking Bad

Chances are you're still not over the series finale of the critically acclaimed AMC series. To give yourself some closure, dress up as one of your favorite cooks!

"Tread lightly," as Walter White by wearing khaki pants and a modest, long-sleeved button down. Finish your chemistry teacher look off with bifocals, a bald cap and a mustache. But don't forget, you can't be Heizenburg without the "blue stuff."

Poor Jessie Pinkmen was just you're regular pothead before he got mixed up with Mr. White. To dress up as the meth addict, simply wear loose fitting clothing, a t-shirt over a hoodie and a beanie. Trick-or-Treat, b***h!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Surprise: Iceland's Strange Pillars Formed by Lava


They're common in ocean, but these are first seen on land: Study

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(Newser) - A new study has finally spelled out how some weird-looking land forms in Iceland came to be. Sadly, the local legend that they were tossed there by warring trolls turns out to be wrong-but the real reason is pretty interesting in its own right. They're lava pillars, formed when water and lava mix, according to University of Buffalo researchers. But what makes these pillars unique is that they're the first of their kind to be found anywhere on land, reports LiveScience. The pillars are hollow, scarred, rocky things up to 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. "I was so excited," says co-author Tracy Gregg. "As soon as I saw these things I knew what they were."

That's because she had seen similar pillars on the ocean floor. They're able to form there, thanks to intense pressure, explains Science. But on land, it's near impossible because the meeting of lava and water typically results in an explosion of steam. So what happened? The study theorizes that the pillars in Skaelinger Valley were formed when a massive eruption in 1783 spilled lava for eight months. But the lava moved so slowly that when it finally made contact with water in the valley, it did so in a "kinder, gentler" manner that avoided an explosion. The find opens up the possibility of more lava pillars elsewhere on land, but Gregg will be looking beyond Earth. If the pillars can be found in high-resolution images of Mars, she says it would be a sign that the planet once had water. (Meanwhile, Jupiter might have diamond rain.)

Source: Newser

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Familiar names seek nod for Clark clerk

Dems Fleece, Popp likely to square off in primary

JEFFERSONVILLE - Two experienced public servants will likely seek the Democratic Party's nomination to run for Clark County Clerk of the Circuit Courts next year.

Current County Council member Susan Popp and Clark County Senior Judge Steve Fleece have both said they anticipate running for clerk, a position held by Barbara Bratcher Haas. Haas says she will not run for re-election in 2014.

Neither of the two have submitted paperwork with Clark County Voter Registration yet, but both have said they anticipate doing so. No other candidates have announced they will run for the office to date.

The clerk's responsibilities include the administration of official court records of all 5s iphone cases names of baby animals quiz with jurisdiction in the county; preparing the courts' permanent historical records; processing and issuing documents for court cases; collecting and distributing monies related to court cases; and administering all federal, state, county, municipal and special elections, according to the website for the Association of Clerks of Circuit Courts of Indiana.


Fleece served as the judge of Superior Court 3 in Clark County for 24 years. Fleece retired in 2008, and has served the courts as a senior judge for the last five years.

"It just occurred to me that [the clerk's office is] a place that my experience would be especially useful, so that got me thinking about it," Fleece said.

He said he feels that his experience with the courts gives him an edge when it comes to finding solutions to problems within the clerk's office.

"I think there are some things that could be done that would occur to someone with judicial experience that perhaps wouldn't occur to somebody else," Fleece said.

As an example, Fleece noted that judges have the authority to draft local rules, and he'd be for a local rule that would automatically withdraw defense attorneys from criminal cases when they conclude, which would put an end to the paperwork associated with motions to withdraw.

Fleece says he's a proponent of upgrades to the technology used in the clerk's office to improve efficiency, and says digitization of documents would cut down on the amount of time needed to hunt down documents.

Fleece, now 63, describes himself as a "young senior." He doesn't picture himself seeking a second term if elected.

"I would say that if I do it, what I'd want to do is get in and give four excellent years of service and then be done, because I would be 68 at that time, and with the rapid changes in technology and all, at age 68 it would be time to hand over the reins," Fleece said. "Part of what I would be doing during the four years would be grooming a successor who would have the ability to get elected politically and also be well-trained in doing the job."

Fleece said that successor has not been identified.


Popp was elected to the Clark County Council in the 2012 election and began her four-year term this year. Popp cites her management experience working as a manager with Jim Beam Brands.

"I was actually a department head," Popp said. "I was manager of the process department, and we had a lot of moving parts."

Popp is grateful to have been elected to county council, and said that while she's grateful to the voters for entrusting that position to her, she felt compelled to pursue the opportunity.

"I believe I can get the things I want accomplished, accomplished prior to leaving [county council]," Popp said.

Popp recognizes that with a staff that's been reduced significantly and a tight budget, the clerk's office is one that faces a multitude of challenges, she said.

"It's not like some of the other departments where they serve a single function," Popp said. "Here, you have voter registration, you have the election, you have the clerk's office itself and then how it interfaces with the actual courts. You do have a lot of moving parts, and I'm familiar with all of those. I'm familiar with the people in the different departments that I would be interfacing with.

"I think one of the challenges is the lack of funds to fund the department. I think that would have its challenges. But I think it's something we can overcome."

Popp said technology can help to reduce costs and improve operations in the clerk's office, and noted that she believes optical image scanning to digitize courthouse documents could be done in-house with rented equipment to prevent the county from paying a larger sum to an outside vendor to perform the service.

The primary election will take place in May.

Source: Newsandtribune

6 problems with iPhone 5S, and how to fix them (including the Blue Screen of Death!)

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What do you do if you have an iPhone 5S problem and you want it fixed right now? You don't want to go to an Apple Store unless you really have to, the support forums are difficult to search, and your go-to family or friend tech geek is otherwise engaged. Fear not. We're here to help, and hopefully we can get your smartphone back to its best, or at least point you in the right direction.

We've already uncovered some common iOS 7 problems, so if you don't see your issues here then check that list instead; we won't cover the same ground again. And if you want a few tips, we've got a list of iPhone 5S tricks to try out, as well.

Bug: Blue screen of death

Some people have run into a dreaded blue screen of death bug which seems to be related to specific apps. If you are using Pages, Keynote, or Numbers and you are in a document editing, then pressing the Home button can cause the iPhone 5S to crash to a blue screen, which is generally followed by a reboot. Some people are reporting this issue with other apps as well, and in severe cases it is causing a reboot loop. There's a theory that the iPhone 5S is afflicted because it has a 64-bit processor trying to run 32-bit software (it's the first 64-bit phone). Developers are already updating apps to work with the new processor more fluidly and Apple will likely release an update to fix it at some point, but in the meantime there's no solution, only workarounds that have worked for some people.

(Editor's Note by Jeffrey Van Camp: Our iPhone 5S here at DT has rebooted randomly a few times since we got it in September, but we have not experienced a blue screen of death. Apps do crash more frequently, but these are usually apps that haven't been updated to iOS 7.)


  • Always make sure you back out of documents before tapping that Home button.
  • Disable iCloud sync for the iWork apps by going to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data, and sliding Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to off.
  • Try to use apps that have been updated to take advantage of iOS 7. Apple has not updated Pages, Keynote, or Numbers. You can tell
  • If the problems are constant, or frequent to the point of impeding your experience, please contact Apple customer service.

Glitch: Faulty sensors

A lot of people are reporting that the sensors in the iPhone 5S are wildly inaccurate. We mentioned in our iOS 7 tips that you can access a spirit level (Apple calls it an inclinometer) by swiping left in the Compass app, but it turns out that it's not working correctly. In fact, the compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope have also been malfunctioning for some people. The level of fault varies, but it does seem to be an issue that's specific to the iPhone 5S.

(Editor's Note by Jeffrey Van Camp: We have not had trouble with the sensors on our iPhone 5S, though we do experience occasional ticks in the parallax effect on the home screen, which moves the background of the phone to produce a 3D effect.)

Potential solution:

Your only option right now is to take the iPhone 5S back to the Apple Store and ask for a replacement, but be warned, many customers who have done exactly that are reporting that their replacement iPhone 5S has the same issues. It's not clear if this is a hardware or software fault. If it is software-related, we expect an update to fix it, but until Apple acknowledges the issue, it's a mystery.

Annoyance: Noisy and rattling buttons

A lot of people have been complaining about the Home button clicking loudly and the Power button rattling when the iPhone 5S is shaken. People who went to get replacements, or tested other iPhone 5S handsets, found the exact same rattle and click was present. It's just the way they're constructed. Some people have reported a louder thudding rattle which could be caused by a loose battery.

(Editor's Note by Jeffrey Van Camp: From our experience using the iPhone 5S, the Touch ID Home button may have a slightly louder click and the power button does rattle if you put your ear up to the phone and shake, but these problems didn't bother us. In fact, I never noticed them until I read that others were annoyed by it. As for the battery issue, we have not encountered it, but it is not normal and would be a serious problem.)

Potential solution:

    Your only real option here is to take your iPhone 5S into an Apple Store and show them. If it is a loose battery then they'll be able to fix it, if not then you may have to learn to live with the 'noise.'

Bug: Touch ID not working for iTunes purchases

Apple was quick to address this issue with a bug fix. The problem was that the iPhone 5S would not accept the user's fingerprint to authenticate an iTunes purchase and would insist on them entering their password.

(Editor's Note by Jeffrey Van Camp: On our iPhone 5S unit, we do have to enter a password every 5-10 purchases. This is annoying, but appears to be intended for security purposes. Hopefully Apple will lax up on passwords more in the future.)


    This was fixed in the 7.0.1 update. Make sure you have it by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone 5S. You can also hook up your iPhone 5S to your computer and check under Devices in iTunes and then tap Check for Update.

Glitch: Overheating and battery drain

A few people have reported their iPhone 5S overheating. This is usually related to the battery and goes hand-in-hand with rapid battery drain. In rare cases it could be caused by a hardware fault, but it's more likely to be iOS 7 and/or a specific app. There are a couple of things worth trying to identify and fix the issue.

Potential solutions:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button to reboot your iPhone 5S and then pay close attention to what you are doing when it next overheats. You might be able to identify the app or service causing the problem. You could also try an app like System Activity Monitor ($2) to see if you can find the culprit.
  • Backup and restore your iPhone 5S and then be choosy about what you reinstall on it.
  • If you still can't find the problem then head to an Apple Store to make sure there's no hardware fault.

Problem: Microphone not working

A lot of people have run into issues with the microphone not picking up their voice clearly. They can't record voice notes in a specific app, or they can't be heard during calls. There are a couple of possible causes for this.

Potential solutions:

  • Make sure that you have removed the protective film from the screen.
  • If the problem is with a specific app then make sure it has permission to use the microphone in Settings > Privacy > Microphone.
  • It's possible that your case is interfering with the noise cancelation feature. Try using the iPhone 5S with the case off, or head into Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Phone Noise Cancelation off to see if it makes a difference.
  • If your problem persists, contact Apple customer service.
That's it for iPhone 5S problems and fixes right now, but we will update this article with new issues and solutions as they arise. Please share your own experiences in the comments. If you didn't find your issue here then remember to check our iOS 7 problems roundup before you go.
Source: Digitaltrends

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nexus 5 said to be 'half the price' of the iPhone 5S

A source says the new Google phone will come with an attractive price for those that have been hankering for a new Nexus.

(Credit: MacRumors)

The hype and rumors we're hearing around the upcoming Nexus 5, expected from LG and Google later this month, is that it could instantly become the new Android phone to beat. But the latest whisperings hint that it could also give the iPhone 5s iphone cases fishing for girls game a run for its money when it comes to how much of your money you have to shell out for one.

TechRadar says a "source familiar with Google" has told the site that the successor to the popular but LTE-less Nexus 4 will ship in the latter part of October and cost "half the price" of the iPhone 5S.

What's a little tricky about this is that the source seems to be referring to United Kingdom prices and ship dates, which can be different from what we see in the United States. If the Nexus 5 were to be half of what an unlocked iPhone 5S sells for at retail stateside (it starts at $649 for 16 GB contract-free with a T-Mobile SIM), that would mean we could see a new unlocked Nexus that, according to TechRadar's source, will meet the specs of the iPhone 5S, but for less than $350.

That would certainly be a welcome deal for Nexus fans hoping for a repeat of the $299 price tag for an unlocked Nexus 4 right out of the gate.

We'll see in the coming weeks if Google actually offers such a pre-holiday bargain on a top-flight phone, or if we've just caught wind of some sort of UK-only pricing scheme or just total bunk.

Be sure to read up on everything else we expect in a new Nexus, and let us know in the comments if you plan to get one of your own.

Source: Cnet

Move over Apple Maps: iPhone 5S motion sensor malfunction may be widespread

Users reporting widely off-the-mark readings from the iPhone 5s iphone cases second chance body armor inc's compass and wonky gaming experiences with the new device's accelerometer may be facing an unfixable hardware hurdle.

(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

Apple Maps may still be sending clueless drivers off the beaten path and onto active airstrips, but the company is facing a far deeper problem with its new flagship iPhone 5S's directional capabilities. Widespread reports are claiming that the new device's motion sensors are highly error-prone, and the problem could be on the software side or a calibration error built into the handset itself.

The staff over at Gizmodo took the iPhone 5S to task in multiple tests, finding the iPhone 5S's motion sensors giving readouts that are wildly different than those of the iPhone 5.

The app most affected is Apple's native compass. In displaying direction, it shows discrepancies on average of eight to 10 degrees compared with the iPhone 5 with both running iOS 7.

Gaming is also affected as the accelerometer is used to maneuver in many driving and physics-based games that rely on the tilting of the screen to achieve in-game motion. Gizmodo found that by starting a match in EA's Real Racing 3 on a level plane and without any exterior movements, the iPhone 5S's accelerometer immediately registered a leftward tilt and veered the car in that direction.

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Testing the two devices accelerometer data on a level surface did indeed display a massive change in readouts.

The iPhone 5S's directional faults aren't the only issues with the the compass app. The new inclinometer and gyroscope, available in iOS 7, are opened by swiping left on the compass' first screen and are, again, showing faulty information when compared with the iPhone 5.

On a flat surface, the gyroscope on the iPhone 5S typically reads -3 degrees, something both Gizmodo's and my own 5S displayed. The inclinometer -- a feature you activate by holding your device sideways in the air -- is off by roughly two to three degrees as well.

Over at MacRumors, an incredibly robust 20-page thread started on September 24 is home to hundreds of users dissecting the issue, with many claiming that the problem could in fact be a hardware issue given the iPhone 5 and 5S running the same software display different readouts. Apple has not confirmed the issue nor has it publicly acknowledged it in any way.

In the case it is hardware, there's little users could do to remedy the issue save for turning in their iPhone for a new one. However, some users have reported the same issues cropping up with new iPhone 5S's, suggesting the motion sensor malfunctioning could be a widespread problem.

It is unlikely that Apple would ever employ a trade-in protocol given its infamous "free bumper" response to the antennagate fiasco with iPhone 4. In an ideal world, Apple could identity the issue as a software problem a push out an update to potentially fix whatever calibration issue might be the culprit.

Whatever the issue, it's not looking good for Apple's M7 motion processor. The chip was touted as Apple's answer to activity-tracking apps that want a more powerful data-collector without forcing users to go out and buy a Nike FuelBand or Fitbit. It measures data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, meaning it won't exactly work as advertised given those different parts' massive readout errors.

We've reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story when we hear back.

Source: Cnet

Drivers to get tamper-proof screws fitted to car licence plates

<codesp>Police and car technicians will be on hand to fit tamper-proof screws to number plates on vehicles in Northampton next week.

The initiative, which is part of a crime prevention initiative to tackle the theft of vehicle registration plates, will be held next Saturday (October 12), at Morrisons, in Kettering Road, between 9.30am and 4pm.

Drivers will be able to get the tamper-proof screws fitted to their car registration plates and have a vehicle safety check, free of charge.

The event is part of Operation Guardian, the force's county-wide operation to reduce burglary and vehicle crime.

Paul Golley, crime prevention manager, said: "Working in partnership with Halfords at these events gives us a great opportunity to tackle the problem of number plate thefts, potentially saving motorists money and a lot of inconvenience, while at the same time offering them a free and convenient vehicle safety check.

"We continue to carry out operations across the county to catch offenders but we are keen to provide ways to help prevent people becoming a victim of vehicle crime."

Source: Northamptonchron

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oregon alumnus gives gift to boy's home at Oregon vs. California game

<halloween costumes for boys skeletonh2>Oregon alumnus gives gift to boy's home at Oregon vs. California game

During the second timeout of tonight's game against California a man with a large check will be seen on the field at Autzen Stadium accompanied by a few young men from St. Mary's Home for Boys located in Beaverton, Ore.

Every year Dick Sorenson, 1962 alumnus of the University of Oregon and senior managing director for the Royal Bank of Canada, makes a substantial monetary donation to the University of Oregon sponsoring a game on behalf of RBC.

Simultaneously, he personally picks a charity in Oregon to raise money for to combine the two causes. Sorenson has a heart for kids and his past fundraising has been gifted to CASA of Lane County or the Ronald McDonald House. He and his colleagues go to work raking in the donations for their charity, then get to gift it by means of a giant check (both physically and monetarily) at an Oregon football game every year.

This year, Sorenson and his colleagues from across Oregon have personally raised $21,850 that will be directly donated to St. Mary's Home for Boys. That is what Oregon fans will see happening when the second flag is thrown during first quarter.

"You can be mentors to these boys, but I can't do it because it just kills me. So I do stuff like this," Sorenson said.

St. Mary's Home for Boys is a place where young men aged 7-17 are placed by the state when they are taken out of severely abusive homes.The boys get rehabilitated here and it begins with meeting the boys' basic need for safety and is supplemented by the presence of caring adults. Next, the boys are integrated back into school and some receive mental health care due to traumas they've endured.

The boys that you will see on the field with Sorenson today will have earned their spot there. Dick has encouraged the boys to keep a quality grade point average and to conduct themselves in an exemplary way as often as they are able.

"The competition was both grades and behavior. We had to take every name to the judge to be approved," Sorenson said.

This is not the first or last time Sorenson and his colleagues will actively play a role in the lives of these boys. Sorenson compliments the fundraising coordinator Lynda Walker at St. Mary's for her passion for the young men and the ease with which he works with her.

"I went to college to be a schoolteacher. But the boys are so sweet and their stories are so sad-you just stay, said Walker, who has been with St. Mary's Home for Boys for 44 years.

The 20 boys out of the 104 who reside at the home and were chosen to accompany Sorenson to the game this evening, will sit together at the game in a special section with Sorenson and his colleagues, as the other boys watch the game from Beaverton, celebrating in style with a pizza party. To learn more about St. Mary's Home for Boys visit here.

Source: Dailyemerald

7 Snack Ideas for a Hauntingly Healthier Halloween Party

halloween food instructables is a candy-crazed free-for all once the sun goes down and trick-or-treating begins. I catch my kids digging into their treat bags and chowing down between houses, and there's no use stopping the wild animals that have taken over the children.

That's why each year I host a healthy start halloween party for the neighborhood. All the kids come over in costume and parade around comparing the different ensembles (last year we had five spiderman's of adorableness!) and acting out their characters - all while feeding on healthy snacks to fuel them for the long night running around on a sugar high.

I like to keep things simple and easy and fun for kids. Here are some great recipes and idea's for a healthy start to your Halloween.

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A not-so-scary Mickey's Halloween Party returns to Disneyland

<halloween party favor cupsp>The initial pitch to transform the Haunted Mansion attraction with a Halloween overlay based on "The Nightmare Before Christmas" didn't receive a warm reception from the Disneyland brass.

Tim Burton's quirky stop-motion animated musical fantasy seemed too dark and twisted of a holiday theme for the classic Disneyland dark ride.

Thirteen years later Haunted Mansion Holiday is the cornerstone of Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, with hour-plus lines throughout the season.

Photos: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

The transformation of the Haunted Mansion takes three weeks every year with crews adding decorations, animations, props and large set pieces inspired by the 1993 movie. Each year a few new elements are added -- from the pumpkin mountain to the ballroom tree to the gingerbread house.

Disneyland takes the same approach with the annual Halloween festivities, incorporating a couple new elements to an event that largely stays the same from year to year. This season the Monsters U dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace joins the lineup with a "family-friendly frat party" hosted by scare students Mike and Sully.

The up-charge event is the one time of year when visitors can wear costumes while trick or treating at candy stations located throughout the park.

Other attractions returning this year to Mickey's Halloween Party include:

* "Halloween Screams" fireworks spectacular hosted by "master of scare-omonies" Jack Skellington, star of "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

* "Mickey's Costume Party" parade with Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes.

* Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, which adds ghostly special effects and a creepy soundtrack to the indoor roller coaster.

* The Cadaver Dans singing quartet performing on a graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America.

* A Dia de los Muertos tribute with a traditional skeleton display and brightly colored altars festooned with marigolds and sugar skulls.

* Disney villains posing for photos while strolling along Main Street U.S.A.

* Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving in Big Thunder Ranch.

Tickets for the evening-only event range from $59 to $74. Mickey's Halloween Party dates include Oct. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 and 31.

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Youth sports: When is it OK for girls to play on a boys team?

"Ready, set, hike... the quarterback takes the snap and he hands off to his running back. She makes a five yard gain." SHE? He hands off to a "she"?

Yes that's right. Caroline Pla plays tackle football with the boys. She is 11 years old and in the sixth grade. At 5-feet 3-inches tall and weighing in at 110 pounds, she is actually one of the biggest on the team. She must have hit her "growth spurt" earlier than some of her teammates.

She plays on the offensive line and defensive end. "Boy,'' she must be pretty good to play on both sides of the ball. Most kids play either offense or defense. She plays both. "Man,'' that is not easy to do?

Or should I say, "played"? The Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia has ruled that she can no longer play tackle football with the boys.

Statistics show that there are 1,600 girls in the United States that play football on high school teams.

Would you let your daughter play tackle football with the boys? What do you think as a parent? Is there a safety issue here that needs to be taken into consideration?

What about the fact that football is a contact sport and might be "inappropriate" halloween costumes for girls zombies the boys and girls to be mixing it up in coed football? Would too many "illegal use of the hands" penalties force you to pull her out?

Maybe it is fine until the kids get to a certain age? Do five year olds really care who they are blocking? At the high school level, the opportunity may present itself that first you block her and knock her down. Then while extending a helping hand in assisting her to get up, (which is the "gentlemanly" thing to do) you ask her to join you at the post game sock hop in the school gymnasium.

If age is a criterion for deciding boys and girls playing together, should we consider which sport we are talking about as a deciding factor?

Is coed basketball ok? What if a girl throws overhand better than underhand; should she swap girls softball for boys baseball?

Should ability be a consideration?

What if she is better than all the girl tennis players on the school team, should she play in boys tournaments to give her better competition, preparing her for college level competition?

Source: Poughkeepsiejournal

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Outdoor Home Theater Gets a Boost at CEDIA 2013

Entertainment can be accessed anytime and anywhere these days, and one of fastest growing venues is outdoors.

To increase awareness of the options that consumers have available to set up a backyard, rooftop, or other outdoor entertainment system, SunbriteTV (makers of outdoor TVs) and Soundcast Systems (makers of outdoor and wireless speakers and audio systems) announced at the 2013 CEDIA EXPO that they have joined together to from the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA).

This new partnership seeks to promote the options and benefits of outdoor entertainment by providing and co-ordinating educational and retail partnerships with dealers and installers, as well as resources for advertising to reach the general public. For more details, read the Official Press Release.

In addition, SunbriteTV also announced a new wireless transceiver product that allows the transmission of any HDMI audio/video source to SunBriteTVs. This means that you can have your TV outside, and keep your Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, or other source inside the the house, reducing outdoor cable clutter, up to 150 feet away. However, line-of-sight setup between the transmitter and receiver is required. For all the details, check out the Sunbrite SB-HDWT Wireless HD Transceiver Product Page.

For more on outdoor entertainment setup options, read my article: Backyard Home Theater

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

AT&T Digital Life, New Home Security And Automation Service, Launches Friday In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AT&T* today announced that on Friday, Sept. 27 it will launch Digital Life in Charlotte along with five other markets: Hartford, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa . AT&T Digital LifeSM makes customers' lives easier by simplifying the management of their home. Digital Life offers security, convenience and peace of mind, in a customizable and easy-to-use experience from smartphones, tablets or PCs.

Beginning Friday, customers in these six new markets can receive a live demo and purchase Digital Life in company owned retail stores. Including the new markets launching on Friday, Digital Life will be available in 45 markets, with plans to launch the service in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.

With Digital Life, customers can use their existing home broadband provider, and any wireless phone service, and enjoy the security and convenience of a home management system with the flexibility to meet their unique needs.

-- Actively Protected & In Control: The foundation of Digital Life is complete home security with 24/7 professional monitoring that allows you to know what is happening at home, or where an event has occurred. Through AT&T-owned and operated, U.S.-based monitoring centers, professionals will respond to emergencies and alert police and fire authorities.

-- Seamlessly Connected: Digital Life is an all-digital, fully integrated, wireless home management system, giving customers flexibility to manage their home from their smartphone, tablet or PC. Our takeover module lets you easily extend your existing security system and investment. The Digital Life application is available on most web browsers. Apps are available for iOS, as well as Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones. To ensure customers' privacy is protected, Digital Life has a secure log in system each time the app is opened from any Internet-connected device.

-- Amazingly Simple & Intuitive: A user-friendly application was designed to be as simple as possible, making it easier than ever to manage your home. The Digital Life application gives customers control over cameras, door locks, lights, thermostats, small appliances and more by setting alerts or programs to manage your home. It's all integrated into one simple system.

-- Personalized & Flexible: Digital Life provides total flexibility so you can personalize your home to adapt to everyday life - with custom notifications and scheduled tasks. Add devices and solutions anytime, as your needs grow, or your lifestyle changes.

"Digital Life is committed to offering our customers an easy and convenient way to secure their homes, protect their families and simplify their lives from virtually anywhere," said Laurent Therivel, AT&T's vice president and general manager of Mobility and Consumer Markets in the Carolinas. "With the launch of these six new markets, we're looking forward to making Digital Life available to more customers throughout the country."

Digital Life recently achieved the "CSAA Five Diamond Certification," testifying that 100 percent of Digital Life central station operators have achieved proficiency and certification by passing the CSAA Central Station On-Line Operator Training Course. These courses cover virtually all phases of central station communications with customers, law enforcement, fire and emergency services communications centers. This area of communications is an important link between the residential or business properties and the law enforcement, fire and emergency services in local areas.

In addition, the Digital Life team has invested significant time and resources to achieve 100 percent quality operator training. Across the industry, there are approximately 2,700 companies or central stations in the United States, which communicate and interact with law enforcement and fire and emergency services agencies. Of this group, fewer than one hundred fifty central stations have achieved the "CSAA Five Diamond Certified" status.

PricingCustomers can choose from two base plans: Simple Security, which is our basic home security package; or Smart Security which includes enhanced security features and the option to add home automation. For a limited time, customers who sign up for AT&T Digital Life will receive $100 instant savings on Digital Life equipment at the time of purchase. *2 year Smart Security agreement required.

-- Simple Security: Includes 24/7 home monitoring, 24-hour battery backup, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, recessed sensors and an indoor siren for $29.99 a month plus $149.99 for equipment.

-- Smart Security: Includes the benefits of Simple Security plus a choice of three of the following features: motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit. Smart Security begins at $39.99 a month plus $249.99 for equipment.

Customers who select Smart Security can add these automation packages:

-- Camera Package: View live video from inside and outside of the home for an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment.

-- Energy Package: Control appliances, lighting and thermostats for convenience and energy efficiency for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment.

-- Door Package: Allow a pet sitter or repairman into your home remotely with automated door locks, or check to see whether your garage door is open or closed for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment.

-- Water Detection Package: Detect water leaks before damage occurs for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment.

-- Water Control Package: Detect leaks and shut off water at the main water source for an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment.

Experience Digital LifeDigital Life offers a simple purchasing process with several options. Digital Life will be sold and demonstrated in nearly 1,200 company owned retail stores in 45 markets. You can also learn and buy at, call 855-288-2727 or schedule an appointment with an in-home sales consultant.

To learn more about Digital Life availability, visit

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1 Offer ends November 9, 2013. New 2-yr Digital Life agmt w/ Smart Security pkg. ($39.99/mo; $249.99/equipment fee) req'd. Receive $100 instant discount off equipment fee. Offer not combinable with other Digital Life promotions.

Available in limited zip codes. 2-yr Digital Life Agreement w/ credit approval req'd. Residential customers in single family homes and townhomes/duplexes with no shared ceilings/floors only. Smoke sensors not available in townhomes/duplexes. Sufficient wireless signal strength, broadband Internet service, & 3-prong outlet at service address req'd. Digital Life equipment may be incompatible with some homes. Early Termination Fee: After 30 days after installation, early termination fee up to $720. Restocking Fee: After installation, up to $99. Other Monthly Charges: Taxes and other charges apply; surcharges and additional fees may apply. Prices, features and offers subject to change without notice. Installation work performed by licensed personnel where required by law. Digital Life customer agreement & policies avail at

Digital Life license info avail at; also CA ACO #7091; FL EF20001090; Ga. Sec. of State #11018719; IL 127.001502; MA 7067C; MN TS667356; NC BPN 007236P3 & NC 14553-L; NJ BL000010; NY 12000297692, licensed by the N.Y.S. Dept. of State; OK 1904; OR CCB 199880; PA HIC 078833; TN 1792; TX B17159; VA 11-7142, WV 051294. 1025 Lenox Park Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319, 1-855-288-2727.

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