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Apps are a Great Champions League Bet

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Over the course of this season’s Champions League campaign, we have placed bets in our hundreds of thousands. Anybody out there who bet big on an all-Madrid final will presumably be enjoying a luxurious 2014, whilst anyone who took a punt on Manchester United for outright winners will now feel a shiver of regret every time they see an image of David Moyes.

Many of us will be up on our 2013/14 Champions League bets, but even more will have lost out on balance. Whilst the real fun of a bet is in the betting itself, it’s pretty nice to win some money too, and in order to do so – unless you’re blessed with extraordinary good fortune – your bets must be well informed.

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid face off in Lisbon on May 24th for the hotly anticipated final of the UEFA Champions League 2013/14. Here are a few picks from the tech world that can help ensure you really know your stuff on match day!

Champions League
Champions League

Football Form app

Get yourself a football form app in order to track a variety of stats and trends which can enlighten your betting decisions. Consider the individual strengths and weaknesses of players to be fielded by each side, and study the data to decide whether or not the opposing side can exploit those weaknesses – for example, a solid attack with tiring legs can come up short against a packed, well drilled defence who’re in great form. This app allows you to track player and team performance, scores and stats.

Around the web

There are great sites all over the web offering reliable, largely well-informed updates on all things football. The BBC’s online coverage is highly recommended – have a look here – with regular posts on domestic, European and international football. Meanwhile, the Road to the final bet in this year’s Champions League is outlined expertly by sportsinteraction.com.

Football odds app

If you’re going to spend some time over picking the winning side before placing your bet, you’d probably like to win as much money as possible for your trouble! This handy app allows users to check and compare the latest odds from a range of bookmakers, meaning you’re never winning a tenner on a 2/1 when you could be getting £20 at 4/1 elsewhere. Why win less when you’re betting exactly the same amount of money!?

Six things intelligent people do

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Intelligent people do not live their life randomly but, through their daily habits, have a different and more guided approach on it. From an early age, they set goals which they accomplish through the organization of their entire 24-hour options. Besides, it is no coincidence that two of the smartest famous people today are Natalie Portman, who has graduated from the Harvard University and is considered one of the smartest new actors and Quentin Tarantino with an IQ of 160. Every intelligent person, subconsciously, has the following habits.

IQ: 160!
IQ: 160!

They set ambitious goals and accomplish them

The majority of people have dreams, but the intelligent ones are full of ambitions and realistic goals. Their mind unconsciously moves forward so they do not lose their interest in things. Unlike the others, they are not looking for the quick and easy way to the top. In other words, they break their goals to smaller ones and work on them separately. So slowly, they climb the ladder to success and are unlikely to fall to the ground.

The way to the top, one step at a time
The way to the top, one step at a time

They are the best listeners

Nowadays you can hardly find anyone who is a good listener! Intelligence shows in the fact that in any discussion there is a valuable dose of wisdom. They do not act high and mighty, but rather they listen to they are talking to with a desire to learn something new or to expand their way of thinking.

It's not about who says what, it's the point that counts
It’s not about who says what, it’s the point that counts

They give emphasis to the ideas and not to the listener

Smart people do not focus on whether a listener is boring, ugly or at a certain political party. What they do care about is how they affect their knowledge. So, they welcome any food for thought objectively and let no one influence them or have control over them.

They act proactively and not recklessly

Smart people do not make decisions easily but think of every possibility before say yes to something. This foresight sets them apart from the crowd. Their every move is followed by a right thought, so when they make mistakes, they learn from them and do not nag about it 24/7! Besides, there isn’t a single smart businessman who has never made mistakes before he succeeds.

They do not get discouraged on the first failure

A lot of people, once they fail on something, they get discouraged or stop following their dreams. Smart people, however, will always find a solution that will overtake the obstacle, so they are optimistic and not negative. Even if they fail miserably, they know how to stand on their feet and make a new start.

They benefit from their curiosity

Several people are naturally curious and make a lot of questions, mainly because of their need for new information. That is why their best friends with search engines. They are constantly searching for answers and look for new things to learn in others.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Dolphins rescued swimmer from a white shark in New Zealand

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Today’s news is coming from New Zealand. A long-dinstance swimmer was lucky enough to avoid being attacked by a white shark thanks to the lifesaving intervention of a group of dolphins! Adam Walker got vigorously into the icy water -in response to the Oceans Sevens challenge- when he realized that a two-meter white shark was coming right to way! Within seconds, ten dolphins came to his sides, surrounding him, and got him away from the most dangerous creature of the ocean.

Meet Adam
Meet Adam

This is the sixth attempt for the British, lasting for eight hours and thirty-six minutes, which aims to raise funds for the non-governmental organization Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. The dolphins swam beside him for about an hour, covering a distance of 16 miles, thus helping him become the first British to win the bet of the seven marine marathons.

Swimming with the dolphins
Swimming with the dolphins

The swimmer said that he believed that the dolphins came out of nowhere to protect him and show him the way home. He continued saying that this is an experience of a lifetime for him, one that he will always remeber, and also said that sometimes the dolphins were swimming so close to him that he could even touch their tails. Fortunately, the shark didn’t try to attack the dolphins and disappeared into the depths of Cook Strait.

Good guys dolphins
Good guys dolphins

However, according to him, during the marathon swimmers face bigger threats than the sudden appearence a shark because of the strong currents making their effort much too unstable! It is no coincidence that Walker discribes the experience as if you were swimming into a washing machine. Futhermore, the swimmer has faced much worse moments, such as the encounter with a smack of jellyfish in Hawaii.

It should be noted that it is not the first time that dolphins save swimmers from the scary king of the ocean. Another example was that in New Zealand, in 2004, four swimmers had the same experience. Rob Howes, his 15-year old daughter and two of her friends were miraculously survived the encounter with a shark that was three meters long when a group of dolphins blocked its path and accompanied them for 40 minutes into the ocean.

According to Rob, the water was crystal clear and they noticed that a white shark was there, two meters away. Suddenly several dolphins appeared and formed a tight circle around them. It was only then that they realized they were there to protect them.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Reasons why you should be single

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Do you want a good reason for being single? Let’s say that there are plenty! Undoubtedly being solo has its drawbacks too, the greatest among them is the need to constantly fight loneliness. If you are in a relatioship and have seconds thoughts about it, this is the initiative you need. So here’s a list of good reasons for being single, for women, for men and for both!

To the single ladies

  •         Take a good look in the mirror. You can put aside your obsessions about the extra kilos you have (hypothetically) put on.
  •         Bye bye football! You can finally forget that this sport is a reality that exists in this world.
Looking great, aren't you?
Looking great, aren’t you?
  •         Car driving is easy, without the horrible feeling of being faced with a new driving test every single time.
  •       You can finally do your make up and get ready taking your sweet time, without a soundtrack of complaints in the background.
  •       Viva comfort. You can finally throw away those outfits of torture with which you went to bed and pamper yourself in your beautiful pijamas.
  •        Face masks are back! You will be free to do it and no-one will be there to compare it to the swamp monster.

For the guys

  •       You can leave behind the grueling shopping marathon around shopping centers. The endless chaos and indecision over a skirt or a blouse will be just a bad memory.
  •       You can say goodbye to your sworn enemies: the mood swings.
  •      Stop the interrogation. You no longer have to account for your every single move, like you would do if you worked for the CIA.
Why didn't you call me 10 times last night?
Why didn’t you call me 10 times last night?
  •         You know the parties to which you are forced to go and where you know no-one and you just watch her to her female friends and wait until its over? Yeap, goodbye to that too.
  •         Take up your hobbies once again. You are calm, you can finally dedicate yourself to your favorite stupid hobby, without someone to remind you how stupid it is and making you anrgy in the process.
  •         Long live freedom. If you want to spend your Sunday mornings sleeping, playing video games or just killing time no one will blame you for your laziness.

For the both of you

  •         Your social life will improve significantly: the single status will allow you to devote more time to family and friends who may have neglected a bit.
  •        Your wallet will thank you. Being single means in fact that you no longer have to think about gifts, anniversary, Valentines Day and so on and so forth.
  •         You will sleep better. According to recent studies, sleeping alone ensures a better quality of sleep than when you are sleeping in pairs.
Sleeping tight
Sleeping tight
  •         Your career will benefit. In principle, companies prefer to hire or promote single people, because they are more willing to accept flexible working hours and working overtime.
  •         To each his own. You can finally choose to go to the cinema to watch a movie that you really like and not to accompany and be happy with your other half.

 By +Nikos Kontorigas

The origins of April Fools Day!

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April Fools Day, the best day to pull a prank on those you don’t like or even to the ones closest to you, just for the fun of it. In fact, it’s a day to pull pranks on everyone! Have you ever wondered though, how and when this controversial prank day first began?

Let's wrap it up for today
Let’s wrap it up for today
System update for April Fools Day
System update for April Fools Day

It’s origin traces back to Europe and there are many versions according to the place that claims the story. Two of these, however, are the most prevalent:

The first version says the custom was started by the Celts. People of northwestern Europe, the Celts were keen fishermen. The fishing season started on April 1. No matter how good they were, at this period of the year it was difficult to catch any fish. So, like the “code of conduct” commands the fishermen of all time, they lied about how many fish they had caught. This habit became a custom with the passing of time.

The second, which is considered more valid historically has France as the birthplace of the custom, on 16th century. Up to 1564 French people celebrated the New Year’s Day on April 1st. On this year though, and in the reign of Charles the ninth, that changed and New Year started on January 1st. At first the citizens weren’t happy with it. The reactionaries continued to celebrate the old date, meaning the New Year on April 1, while the rest sent them New Year’s gifts to make fun of them. The spoof was turned into a custom over time.

It's April! Not January!
It’s April! Not January!

In the past century, technology helped some to fool thousands of people on that particular day. For example, an American newspaper published an article (early 20th century), stating that Thomas Edison had invented a machine which could turn the water into wine. The shares of companies manufacturing and trafficking wine plummeted in stock.

Another example of high April Fools Day prank was that of the BBC network in 1957.  The network presented a story in which Italians farmers gathered spaghetti from trees that supposedly produced them. Nowadays similar reports continue in almost all media, most often touching important issues on economy, entertainment, etc. 

Honey! I'm going to pick some spaghetti!
Honey! I’m going to pick some spaghetti!

Stay alert today people!

By +Nikos Kontorigas

How to personalise your wedding in 5 steps

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Your wedding should be all about you and your loved one, which is why many couples are choosing to personalise their big day celebrations. You can really make your nuptials your own by putting your individual stamp on proceedings; here are five ways to personalise your big day.

personalise your wedding

Choose a joint theme

If you and your partner share a love for painting, hiking or reading, you could pick out a joint theme to guide the wedding plans. Many couples bond over a mutual love of a pastime, and how better to personalise the celebration of your union? Perhaps you’re both bookworms, in which case you could use sheets of old printed parchment and piles of books to decorate the venue and tables. Meanwhile, if you’re fans of the medieval era, you could book an antique castle as your venue, serve up a rustic banquet and invite guests to come in period attire.

Focus on memories

Your wedding will be a culmination of time spent together with your loved one, so focus on the memories you have made together. Frame photographs of your time together and display them as a collection on a table or a wall, and name each table in your seating plan after a place that it important to you as a couple, such as where you met, where you went on holiday together and the location where you got engaged.

Select the guests together

Weddings are frequently overblown, impersonal events; to avoid the showy, awkward ambience, choose a guest list together with your partner and just invite those who are close to you, and who you know will be in your lives for years to come. The smaller the wedding party, the more personal the celebration will be, and the less awkward your guests will feel. Opting for an intimate wedding also frees up your choice in terms of venue, as many small, quirky locations cannot accommodate large groups. For some small wedding ideas, take a look at the intimate venues listed by Country House Wedding Venues.

Make the favours personal

Instead of handing out the customary sugared almonds to your wedding guests, think of giving out more personal favours instead, such as something engraved with your wedding date or initials; useful items include bottle stoppers, canvas bags and spoons. Alternatively, create your own wedding favours and decorate each with your guests’ names. Pick up jam jars in bulk and paint each guest’s name on it, filling it with a little soil and a succulent plant as a useful and personal gift, or put your baking skills to use and give each guest a tasty homemade cupcake.

Express yourselves

When deciding on the evening entertainment and reception elements, be guided by your own personalities. It might be customary to hire a DJ for the night, but if you and your spouse-to-be love live music or opera, why not reflect this in your entertainment choices? There are also lots of fun elements you can add to your wedding, such as a dressing up photo booth, fairground rides in the grounds, magicians and stilt walkers, which are sure to provide plenty of amusement for adults and children alike! Giant outdoor games, portrait painters, celebrity look-alikes and singing waiters are all unique choice to consider for wedding entertainment to really reflect your personalities.

Alcohol consumption around the world

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People love to drink alcohol worldwide because it relaxes and you feel playful, always within reasonable limits. Others choose beer, some wine, some whiskey, vodka… The other top consumers of alcohol are in Moldova, and there everyone is drinking 18 liters each time. As you can see on the map, the red part shows the biggest drinkers in the world and overall, it seems that Europe is fond of alcohol, contrary to North Africa and the Middle East.

Alcohol chart
Alcohol chart

Beer lovers are not the Germans, as surely you would imagine, since the primacy held by Czechs, leaving Germany in the second place, while Austria and Ireland are following suit. French and Italians almost share their love for wine, while Americans seem to prefer more and more wine, although previously been a fan of whiskey.

Alcohol chart
Alcohol chart

Despite pronouncements that whiskey is part of the American culture, Americans are not at the top of the list, but close enough. The top honors go to France, showing the preference on whiskey. Surprisingly the United Arab Emirates are among those who love whiskey, which is due to the increase of non Muslims and expatriates in the country.

Alcohol chart
Alcohol chart

As for vodka, Russia holds firmly the lead, and with difference from other countries, both per capita and as a whole. A shot is an integral part of everyday Russians.

By Nicole P.

Cool Tips for Becoming a Wedding Photographer

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Weddings and photography go hand in hand – but becoming a successful snapper in this realm requires much more than a bridesmaid-wooing smile and the ability to bark instructions to tipsy guests.

Wedding Photographer
Wedding Photographer

Instead, to make it in this vertical you should be equipped with educational knowhow, personality, tenacity, a vivid imagination and an extremely thick skin to ensure your client’s big day runs as smoothly as possible.

Admittedly, the wedding photography market is extremely competitive and it’s an arena where word of mouth  (a happy couple need to know they can trust you not to chop their mother-in-law’s head off) is almost as important as your snapping skills.

Consequently, our tips, below, guarantee your honeymoon period with photography never ends and, hopefully, will help you enjoy a successful career in the wedding industry until death parts you…

Snap up a photography degree

Just as a graphic designer would never be let loose on a magazine cover without the appropriate qualifications, a wedding photographer without the correct credentials is likely to be ushered away long before the cars pull up at the church.

To avoid unnecessary embarrassment, then, a photography degree offers you the opportunity to prove you have the gumption to get the job done AND develop the fundamentals of the craft needed – lenses, lighting, effects, Photoshop – to furnish the bride and groom with the perfect wedding pictures they expect.

Always keep the wedding party happy

At any wedding, there is a lot of hanging around. Whether it’s waiting for the bride to arrive or a delay caused by the vicar losing his good teeth, it’s an inevitable part of any couple’s big day. Accordingly, the wedding party is likely to string you up by your camera strap if your incompetence cuts into their eating, drinking and dancing time.

It’s wise to set aside a specific time for ALL photos, which is usually arranged well in advance with the happy couple. Importantly, though, the time reserved for photographs should be before the champagne starts flowing as a groom with one eye closed in a drunken stupor will inevitably lead to a complaint from an unhappy bride.

Never give up on your dreams

It may sound like a cliché, but to make it in any industry, especially an industry as emulous as this, it requires oodles of hard work and dedication before you begin to make a name for yourself as the best in the business.

While it’s never much fun working for free, it may be a good idea to offer to shoot a friend or family member’s wedding for gratis in order to gain experience of what it takes to create the superlative wedding shot as you try to avoid grumpy grandmothers from clattering you with their handbag.

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Games of the future | CES

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Every year in early January in Las Vegas is hosted the international exhibition of electronic products and technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show or CES. This year, the exhibition opened its doors on January 7 and ended on the 10th. In this, paraded from mini drones to cars that bounce, electronic skateboards and the new generation of gaming, which is expected to break into the wishlists of adults and children in Christmas of 2014. In this exhibition, one can find the most bizarre and fascinating gadgets he could never imagine, and some of the best technology games.

Orbotix Sphero 2.0

The latest version of the ball rolls faster than ever, controlled via Bluetooth to the smartphone, and can even be equipped with its own tires for better grip.

Orbotix Sphero 2.0
Orbotix Sphero 2.0

Yuneec E-Go Cruiser electric skateboard

The skateboards displayed at CES are the upgraded version of the traditional models. The Yuneec E-Go Cruiser has a motor, while riders can fly in the air with a push of a button. It can climb hills and uphills and travel within 29 km on one charge.

Yuneec E-Go Cruiser electric skateboard
Yuneec E-Go Cruiser electric skateboard

Ozobot

The tiny robot that does not exceed the size of a bottle cap, while acknowledging codes and sensors around the portable devices and other electronic games. Although it does not do much more at this stage, experts estimate that there are many prospects for development in developing a more modern version of table games.

Ozobot
Ozobot

Onewheel

The Onewheel is like a Segway, with the user being balanced precariously on a wooden plank. It can run up to 20 minutes per charge, but the price is somewhat overwhelming. It is available on Kickstarter at the price of 1,200 dollars!

Onewheel
Onewheel

By Nicole P.