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As technological devices continue to be integrated into vital positions in our lives, the gadgets that keep us connected have become as important as the other basic necessities on our travel checklists

 

With our digital assets becoming more significant and prominent in our everyday life, it is important to go digital with ease in any situation. Here is an essential gadget checklist to ensure all your needs are covered before you go on a holiday or a business trip:

 

Keychain USB flash drive

 

No matter what you do, a flash drive can always come in handy, especially if and when you need to transfer bulk data from one digital device to another. You can use one to carry a suite of portable apps, like Photoshop Portable, or even a complete operating system (OS) such as the one Google recently introduced. So it does not hurt to have some extra storage in your pocket. If you are concerned about losing it, especially since they are usually small, I recommend packing a model with a keychain that is sturdy and thin so your digital and physical keys will be all in one place.

 

Micro-USB cable

 

When you are away from home or in an unfamiliar place, the last thing you want to do is get stuck somewhere with a dead phone. Moreover, if you connect your smart devices, like tablets or smartphones, to your laptop, you want to make sure you can transfer photos or other files quickly. I also recommend that if you need to charge or connect your mobile device to a power outlet or to your laptop, always keep your cables short. There are many good and durable micro-USB cables online and you can find one compatible with your Android or Windows Phone from your local tech store. Just be careful when you choose the connection type, as Micro-USB is used for most Android phones and tablets, while a Lightning connection cable is required for iPhone 5 and up, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation) and up, iPad Mini and iPod Nano (7th generation).

 

Cable shorteners

 

Even if you have a micro-USB cable, your cable problem is not necessarily solved. There is still the AC adapter of your laptop, headphones and potentially a wired mouse. In fact, tangled cables are a significant annoyance that you will encounter during your peaceful vacation. Keep them all easily on a short leash with cable shorteners. There are a wide range of styles to neatly organize the cable chaos. You can also find a useful wrapper for your AC adapter to get your PC or Mac power cables in order. Tips Mersin Escort

 

 

Tablet keyboard

 

Sometimes you do not need a fully-fledged portable computer in your bag. A good tablet would do the job on the go, but writing an email or your next report on a touchscreen can prove to be a difficult task. In this case, you will need a portable keyboard for your tablet device. Each brand has a different take on what a tablet keyboard should be. There are some keyboards that once you attach the device via Bluetooth, a laptop-like layout appears. You can also get a small wireless keyboard to speed up your writing on both a tablet and a smartphone.

 

USB battery pack

 

An external battery pack lets you charge your other mobile devices without the need for a wall outlet. They are extremely useful on vacation, where you might be in a tight spot for some extra energy. There is a myriad of different portable battery chargers whose compatibility varies by device. You need to choose the right one for your needs that aligns with the devices you own. Emergency chargers that can even power laptops exist, but they are a bit bulky. Moreover, unless you absolutely know that you will need it, it is not practical to add it to your travel bag. Packing a small and handy battery pack that can charge your smartphone and tablet with different ports is a better way to keep your digital connection in check on a trip.

 

Universal plug adaptor

 

It is cheap, does not take much space and is useful. So there is no reason not to pack one of these on your international travels. You never know when you will need a different plug in your hotel or meeting room. You can buy a good but inexpensive one from any electronic store. Just do not forget to buy at least two: One for your laptop and one for your phone.

 

E-book reader

 

Reading books on paper might be better in your daily life, but when you are travelling, you need to do more with less. That includes not carrying around too many hardcover books. An e-book reader like a Kindle will not only ease your burden, but it will also give you enough digital storage to keep your entire library with you while you travel. Digital books are pretty cheap and easy to find on the web. And with an e-ink display, e-book readers are much friendlier for your eyes than traditional tablets and smartphones. These gadgets go easy on the battery too, so you can read your favorite Stephen King book for up to a week on a single charge without worries.

 

Touchscreen winter gloves

 

If you go on a winter vacation or a business trip to a cold region, having a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm is essential. But what if an urgent email drops in your box when you are throwing snowballs? If you do not want to get frostbite every time you try to use your smartphone, buy a pair of capacitive touchscreen gloves and wear them whenever you are out in the cold. These gloves not only keep you warm, they also let you use the touchscreen of your smartphone with your thumb and index fingers. These gloves are easy to find at almost any outlet store and are reasonably priced.

 

Mobile hotspot

 

Not all hotels offer free Internet connections. If you are in a paid Wi-Fi zone, it will drain your battery if you always rely on your smartphone’s 3G or 4G connectivity. So it is wise to carry a 3G (or 4G) stick around in case you cannot use public hotspots. Many carriers around the world offer mobile broadband Internet access via USB sticks or wireless hotspots that resemble routers. You can buy a reasonably-priced one from your carrier and share your data connection across your portable devices.

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The Swiss Roll for Fabio’s First Qiu Qiu Online Outing

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As debuts go, Fabio Capello’s as England manager was reassuring but ultimately meaningless.

 

After the misery of the Croatia defeat at the same venue in November, Wembley’s sell-out crowd was happy to witness a victory instead, but the contest will pass quickly into memory.

 

As if it needs repeating, Steve McClaren and Qiu Qiu Online Graham Taylor both won their first games in charge but ended their reigns in humiliation, while Alf Ramsey lost his but ended up winning the World Cup.

 

England’s 2-1 win on Wednesday was unremarkable. Capello’s men dominated the first half hour territorially, although Switzerland looked the more incisive in the final third.

 

Jermaine Jenas finished off a smart passing move five minutes before half time to give his Italian boss the first goal of his reign, and when Capello replaced the goalscorer and Joe Cole on 57 minutes, it seemed the game would wind down for the remainder into the slumber England friendlies often serve up.

 

Plaudits, therefore, to Switzerland’s Eren Derdiyok for making a match of the occasion when he lashed a snapshot past David James a minute later – the goal of the evening.

 

England responded confidently and were ahead again in the 62nd when Steven Gerrard, the Man of the Match, powered through the Swiss backline before laying the ball off to Shaun Wright-Phillips for an easy tap-in.

 

Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole underlined why they should be next on the teamsheet after Gerrard; Rooney with some deft flicks and impromptu shooting and Cole with some dogged foraging down the left wing, including the incursion which lead to Jenas’ goal.

 

 

If David Bentley is David Beckham’s natural replacement on the right, he must improve his crossing to finally dislodge Goldenballs from the running. After one especially overhit centre, the fans in the adjacent corner serenaded the Blackburn midfielder with ‘there’s only one David Beckham’.

 

Capello’s England has only just begun the metamorphosis from also-rans to contenders, but there were still some interesting hints of things to come. England might have kicked off with some misplaced passes and nervy indecision in defence, but did not resort to aimless long balls like they did against the Croats and showed some rare understanding of the phases of the game as it went on.

 

Instead of just attacking stubbornly for 90 minutes, for a spell in the first half the Three Lions played keep-ball Latin-style, although their failure to advance out of their own half soon had the crowd jeering, perhaps provoking them to respond with a goal.

 

For much of the opening 45, Capello’s men showed the importance of playing in the opponents’ half and when leading in the second, they did well by taking the game to the Swiss instead of sitting on their advantage and counting down the clock.

 

While England never looked like losing to Switzerland – the Euro 2008 joint-hosts lost at home to the USA in October and are ranked 44th in the world (England are 12th), they also did nothing to dazzle the spectators or stake a claim to be up there with Europe’s best.

 

Still, I think we would settle for humdrum 2-1 wins all the way to the World Cup final in 2010.

 

If there was anything revolutionary in the air, it was the disciplined regime initiated by the much-travelled Italian, which may have had a knock-on effect on the fans, too.

 

No one can reasonably complain if he opts to call his captain ‘Gerrard’ instead of ‘Stevie G’, orders the players to keep to rigid meal times like friars in a monastery, and, at long last, has sent the WAGs, agents and assorted hangers-on packing from the team hotel.

 

The much-trumpeted minute’s silence to commemorate the 1958 Munich air disaster was barely 30 seconds, and was interrupted by two or three morons, but only two or three, which amid 86,857 at Wembley is not a bad ratio.

 

For the first time in my Wembley memory, I heard nobody in my section boo the visitors’ national anthem. I also failed to spot any flags emblazoned with the names of banned Ulster terror groups, and heard no bone-headed renditions of ‘No Surrender to the IRA’.

 

Looking around the gleaming new arena with its magnificent architecture, I wondered if at long last the boorishness that has dogged England’s fanbase for years was finally withering away in the face of a new era.

 

What surprised me most, though, was glancing to my left and finding my eyes fixed upon the familiar form of one of the world’s greatest coaches, looking unfamiliar in an England tracksuit, but brooding over his troops with his reknowned intensity.

 

Sterner tests will come, beginning with the trip to Zagreb to face Croatia on the 10th of September for a World Cup qualifier.

 

So far, so good: Capello has a 100% record. And for a non-English speaker picking up a team strangled by player egoes, and a nation demoralized by their failure to perform, he has showed an encouraging desire to do things his own way.

 

Assessments will change when the meaningful games arrive in the autumn, but for now, Fabio’s road looks the right one for England.

 

Scoring –

ENG – Jenas 40′

SWI – Derdiyok – 58′

ENG – Wright-Phillips 62′

 

Line-ups –

 

England: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, Ashley Cole (Bridge 73′), Bentley, Jenas (Wright-Phillips 57′), Gerrard, Barry (Hargreaves 73′), Joe Cole (Crouch 57′), Rooney (Young 87′).

 

Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner (Behrami 46′), Senderos (Grichting 55′), Eggiman, Spycher, Inler, Gelson (Huggel 84′), Barnetta, Yakin (Margairaz 63′), Gygax (Vonlanthen 46′), Nkufo (Derdiyok 46′).

 

 

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Pim Verbeek Interview – Pre-Asian Cup Agen Slot Problems

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For nations like Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Korea and now Australia, the Asian Cup is second only to the World Cup in importance and not only that, it is the one major competition that is, at present, winnable for such teams.

 

The Taeguk Warriors haven’t done so for 47 years – and, ten months after taking his place in the hotseat in Seoul, South Korean coach Pim Verbeek is determined to end that drought. However, the Dutchman feels that the people involved in Korean football are not all pulling in the same direction.

 

With less than four weeks until the agen slot Asian Cup begins, the K-League is still going at full pelt. Korea’s 14 clubs will play their last games before the summer break on June 23 and the midweek Hauzen Cup will come to an end four days later – just nine days before the national team leaves for Indonesia and Group D matches with the co-hosts, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

 

Verbeek believes the late finish as well as the hectic domestic schedule with games every weekend and Wednesday since the season began in March will harm Korea’s chances in Indonesia.

 

“As far as I can see, in less than three months time there have been 22 games – which is impossible. Players are tired, the coaches can’t train and have no time to improve the team and because of that. I have no preparation,” Verbeek told Soccerphile.

 

A congested fixture list is not unique to Korea. England is well-known for the amount of games played – the English season has already accounted for Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Seol Ki-hyeon, all three of which are likely to miss the Asian Cup through injury but according to Verbeek, the situation is not the same.

 

“In England most of the players are a very high standard and in Korea we have so many young players. To improve young players you have to train. You have to do tactical training, you have to let them rest and let them develop. I see here 20 year-old players play 20 games in less than three months. What can we expect? You have to learn from your mistakes but if there’s no training…”

 

Occasionally there can be too much training. When asked if it would be possible to contact the K-league coaches to request that one or two players be rested occasionally, Verbeek smiled, shook his head and gave an example regarding Jeolla Province club Chunnam Dragons.

 

“When we went to Yemen recently for the Olympic game, we flew from Korea on Sunday evening. Most of the players played at the weekend for their K-League clubs. One of the teams lost on Saturday and the coach thought it was a good idea to give the players extra training at 6.30 on Sunday morning.

 

“I think that’s disrespectful for the players. Whether the Olympic team players play well or not, at least they need some rest before they go on a 20-hour trip.

 

“So, after those players played a game on Saturday, they had to train at 6.30 on Sunday morning, then travel to Incheon and then fly on Sunday evening to Yemen and then they are expected to perform on Wednesday.

 

“I have never heard of a coach who is training at 6.30 on Sunday morning after losing a game. I think if you do that in Europe then nobody will believe it. Physically and football-wise that is not the way we treat our players in Europe even if they lost a game.

 

“But it’s a different culture. It’s his (Chunnam coach and ex-PSV player Huh Jung-moo) idea to punish his players like this but the point is I needed those players for a qualification game for the Olympic team. At least I would have expected that those players be given a rest because the next evening they have to sleep on the airplane which is not the best preparation.”

 

Preparation. That is what Verbeek is at pains to emphasize as he looks to the team’s first game in the Asian Cup.

 

“Preparation for the Asian Cup is only two weeks; less than four weeks for the last World Cup and five months for 2002 but it is a challenge. The good part is that the players know what to do because we always play the same system. They know exactly what position they have to play.”

 

That will come in useful on July 11 when South Korea kicks off its campaign against Asian powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

 

“Saudi Arabia is one of the favourites,” said Verbeek, “so it’s good that we have them in the first round and as long as we progress then we can’t meet again before the final.”

 

According to the coach, there are a number of other rivals that Korea must watch out for in south-east Asia.

 

“Iran is always a difficult opponent, China I have no idea how far they are but they probably have good preparation. Japan always has a good selection of players to choose from.

 

“Australia? Most of their players play in England and I am very curious to know how they will handle that. The English season has finished so they also have to find a solution for players not playing from May 13 to July 8 or 9 – that’s a big challenge.

 

Korea are in the opposite situation.

 

“The good part of our preparations is that our players are match-fit,” says Verbeek and then laughs, “too much so!”

 

A sense of humour could come in handy over the next few weeks.

 

BLACKJACK GLOSSARY. Part 1.

 

Anchor – Last taken seat to the dealer’s right

Black Chip – A $100 blackjack chip

Blackjack – Total of 21 on your opening two-card hand

Break (Bust) – Exceeding a hand total of 21 pointsand lose the hand

Burn Cards – Take away cards from the top of the deck and place them in the discard tray after shuffling and cutting

Double Down (Doubling Down) – The option of doubling your initial bet after the initial two-card deal, but you can hit only one card, turn over your first two cards

Double Exposure – Blackjack game in which both dealer cards are shown to the player before they play their hand, some house rules may be changed

Early Surrender – Surrender allowed before the dealer checks for blackjack, a player may give up after their first two cards but before the dealer checks for an Ace in the hole

Face Cards – Jacks, Queens and Kings, all with a value of 10

Face Down Game – Your first card is placed face up while the second one is placed face down

Face Up Game – Both your cards are placed face up

First Base – First taken seat to dealer’s left, where the first card is dealt, the first blackjack player to receive cards when the dealer deals the cards

Hard Hand (Hard Total)  – A hand without an Ace, or with an Ace valued at 1, it can only be given one value

Heads Up or Heads On – A head to head play with the blackjack dealer only, with no other blackjack players

Hi-Lo Count – One-level blackjack card counting system where cards 2 – 6 cards get a value of plus one and the 10s and face cards get a value of minus one

Hi-Opt – One-level blackjack card counting system, it assigns the value of plus one to 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s; minus one to 10s cards

Hole Card – This is the facedown card that the blackjack dealer gets

Hot Deck – To take another card from the blackjack deck.

 

 

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Public Transportation in Argentina can now be paid with BTC | Shelter Crypto | Shelter Humanity | Charity Token Homeless | Charity Coin

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BTC can be used to load the national contactless smartcard that is used for paying public transport throughout Argentina. According to the Argentine government’s website, these cards can be used for travel on buses, trains and subways in 37 cities including Buenos Aires.

 

BTC can be used to top up sube cards

 

According to local news outlet, cripto247, users of Sube (Sistema Unico de Boleto Electronico), can fund their rechargeable contactless smartcard with Bitcoin. They will be able to use it in 37 cities across Argentina from Thursday.

 

Public Transportation in Argentina can now be paid with BTC in  Shelter Humanity

 

These cards are promoted and used by the Argentine Secretary for Transportation to pay for public transport services in Argentina. The government website explains that they are valid for “buses (trains, subways, and motorboats” The Buenos Aires tourism site notes that to travel by bus (or subte) in Buenos Aires you will need a rechargeable Sube card.

 

These cards can be top-up with Bitcoins thanks to the integration of Alto Viaje, an online card financing platform, and Bitex, a fintech startup. Alto Viaje can be found on the Sube government website as one vendor that cardholders may use to fund their accounts. Alto Viaje has more information on its website.

 

Alto Viaje & Bitex

 

Alto Viaje offers two methods of funding Sube cards now: Paypal and BTC. According to the website, Rapipago will soon be added funding via the platform. “Alto Viaje chose to use Bitex for the technology and liquidity that it has, which is a necessity to face a project this size.”

 

The Bitex CMO Manuel Beaudroit was quoted as saying that he believed that this project was of great importance because it brought technology as disruptive like bitcoin to the common man. He also stated that the minimum amount of funding in BTC is 50 Argentine Pesos ($1.32), according to the publication.…

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K-League Getting Into Togel Online Groove

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The 2007 K-League season is slowly starting to get into its stride. The first three rounds have contained a reasonable amount of goals and excitement as the Korean media and coaches have been telling everybody who will listen. It is early days. Encouragingly perhaps, most of the good stuff has been shown by the bigger Togel Online clubs in the league. What is definitely promising is that those clubs have also been getting good results too. Seoul, Ulsan, Seongnam, Pohang and Suwon make up the top five and it will be no surprise at all if that same quintet is doesn’t change much from now until November.

 

Seoul are the pacesetters and are the only perfect pick from the bunch. Even more ominous for the others is the fact that new coach Senol Gunes has yet to see his team concede a goal in 270 minutes of league football. The Turk, like many other coaches pre-season, has promised entertaining football and the team are trying – though at the moment they can only do so in fits and starts.

 

Seoul have yet to meet any of the big boys however – in fact none of the top five have played each other yet. Hopefully the best is yet to come. The biggest news of the past week was not the K-League or Park Ji-sung scoring two goals for Manchester United but Ahn Jung-hwan’s hat-trick in the Hauzen Cup.

 

The first round of the competition saw Suwon’s traditional bogey team Daejeon Citizen visit the ‘Big Bird’ Stadium. Ahn took the purple hearts apart with a display of clinical offensive play not often seen in the K-League since, well, since he left in 2000.

 

Two calm finishes in one-on-one situations sandwiched a sweet half-volley from a narrow angle. Instead of kissing his wedding ring as in days of yore, Ahn celebrated his goals by kissing his index finger – the nation does not yet know the reason for this change!

 

It was inevitable then that calls for national team coach Pim Verbeek to include

the striker in his squad to face Uruguay on March 24 increased. “As soon as

he comes back to Korea, everybody wants him back in the national team,” Verbeek

told me earlier in the month.

 

“So do I, but not immediately. I wanted to take

some pressure from him. We have time to find out if he is the same as in 2006

and before that.” As it turned out, it was too soon for the “Lord of the Ring”

but if he continues to perform domestically, few would bet against him playing

some part in the Asian Cup this summer.

 

He will have to watch from the sidelines on Saturday as will experienced midfielder Kim Nam-il. Ahn’s Suwon team-mate was stretchered off the pitch in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over K-League with a neck injury.

 

His place will be taken by new boy Son Dae-ho of Seongnam – a

midfielder that was impressive form in the second half of last season and the

beginning of this. The Seongnam new boy will be finding his way around Paju

National Football Center along with Kim Chang-soo of Daejeon Citizen, Kang Min-soo

of Chunnam Dragons and Ki Sung-young of FC Seoul.

 

South Korea Squad:

GK: Kim Yong-dae (Seongnam), Kim Young-kwang (Ulsan), Jung Sung-ryeong

(Pohang)

DF: Kim Chi-kon (Seoul) Kim Chi-woo, Kim Jin-kyu and

Kang Min-su (all Chunnam), Lee Young-pyo (Tottenham, England) Oh Beom-seok (Pohang)

Kim Dong-jin (Zenit, Russia) Kim Chang-soo (Daejeon)

MF: Kim

Doo-hyun, Kim Sang-shik, Son Dae-ho (All Seongna) Baek Ji-hoon (Suwon) Kim Jung-woo

(Nagoya, Japan) Ki Sung-young (Seoul) Oh Jang-eun (Ulsan) Lee Ho (Zenit, Russia)

FW: Cho Jae-jin (Shimizu, Japan) Jung Jo-gook (Seoul) Lee Chun-soo

(Ulsan) Park Ji-sung (Manchester United, England) Seol Ki-hyeon (Reading, England)

Yeom Ki-hoon (Jeonbuk) Choi Sung-kuk (Seongnam)

 

It’s ‘snow’ joke

The Asian Champions League started on March 7 with two of South Korea’s three

representatives in action – champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have a bye to the

quarter-finals. Chunnam Dragons made their debut in the competition by failing

to defeat Bangkok University.

 

The hosts were the happier of the two with the

goalless draw as they made the Korean FA Cup holders look very average on a

sultry Thai night. Conditions were a little different back home where Seongnam

Ilwha Chunam started their campaign with a easy-looking game with Vietnamese

outfit Dong Tam Long An.

 

It was a cold day just to the south of Seoul and the seven-time champions were confident of handing their opponents a sound beating.

 

About 30 minutes before kick-off however, it started to snow and the white stuff

just kept on coming. By kick-off the pitch was just about playable but ten minutes

into the game it was impossible to see any markings as the white carpet got

thicker and thicker.

 

Nobody thought to use a coloured ball and instead we were

treated to players gingerly walking around in a blizzard trying to find a white

sphere on a white background.

“Obviously it was very difficult for Dong Tam coming from Vietnam,” said Seongnam coach Kim Hak-beom with just a little understatement.

“These were the worst conditions I have ever seen.” Most of the visiting players

had never even seen snow before and it was a heavy fall even by Korean and other

standards too.

 

Seongnam striker Kim Dong-hyun spent last season in Russia but

said: “I never saw anything like this.” The seven-time champions won 4-1 but

the Vietnamese coaching staff, the ones not tucked beneath blankets on the bench

that is., were obviously unhappy at the start of the second half and it looked

as if the game would be abandoned. AFC and perhaps other officials intervened

and the ‘game’ restarted. “It was a mistake to continue in these conditions,”

said Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto. “My players have never experienced anything

like this before. “When Seongnam come to Vietnam we will show them some nice

and warm weather and hopefully a good game”…

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