Do You Need a Jetpack Joyride Hack?

There are so many game apps that anybody can download nowadays on their mobile devices, most of the time it is the kids who are very much interested only we are not aware on the negative effects that they might have on them. My kids have been playing on our tablets at home for quite some time now and I know that they are having fun but I also read somewhere that physical activities are what the kids are lacking today due to our advanced technology, the computers can keep them busy the whole day mostly by playing games and this should be very alarming for most parents.

While as a parent I get worried, I try to make some physical activities as well, we would go outdoors on weekends and maybe bring them to the park, and as much as I wanted them to lessen their addiction to the tablets, I thought that maybe I can do something about it.

Most of the games that my kids would play would be those that involves farming and some arcade stuff such as fruit ninja and jetpack joyride which I actually caught them looking for some jetpack joyride hack one time. And since we also have other gaming consoles at home, which is for the dad, it’s good that some games are available on these consoles too like fruit ninja on Kinect is like playing the game while having physical activities as well.

Most parents felt proud that their kids are good at navigating their tablets not knowing that it may do them more harm instead of becoming more intellectual. If it cannot be totally removed, might as well set time on how long they can play and make sure you follow the rules, that way the children would also learn how to discipline themselves.

2016 Nissan Altima – Engine Specifications

2016 Nissan Altima is scheduled to be launched late this year. It is expected that this new arrival at Nissan’s fleet would receive some catchy design pattern and stylish interior. However, it won’t probably get a completely modified engine. The basic reason for carrying over with the previous drivetrain is its outstanding performance in 2015 Altima. This engine was much praised by the customers due to its fuel efficiency and overall satisfactory performance. Hence, Nissan has planned to go with the same engine but made some necessary upgrades in its transmission. This would enhance the engine performance and its reliability as a pre-tested drivetrain.

The engine of the 2016 Nissan Altima will be introduced in two versions, one is 2.5 liter 4-cylinder while the other is 3.5 liter V-6. The former can produce 182 horsepower while the later version gives a massive 270 horsepower. Similarly, there is a difference in the torque produced as 2.5 liters provides 180 pound-feet and the 3.5 liters version ensures 251 pound-feet of torque.
Both these versions are still behind Accord and Camry with respect to power. However, Altima surpasses them with it amazing fuel efficiency. The Altima manages to give a reasonable mileage of 38 mpg on highway, which makes it a perfect family sedan.

Borang BRIM in Malaysia

When you stay in a hotel and appreciate its amenities and just stay there during your whole stay, you call that staycation, which is really getting popular nowadays for most people especially those who travel with their better half or family. Travelers often use the hotel they reserve for the purpose of them having a place to sleep, but for others, they enjoy the whole stay in the room, the restaurants, the pool, the gym and whatever it is that the hotel has to offer.

Malaysia has different hotels that its visitors can choose from during their stay, and to make sure you get the best experience not only from the tourist spots that you will be visiting, try to select a good hotel that most people recommend or have high ratings which you can easily see online.

There are so many hotels that can be found in just Kuala Lumpur alone, and out of the 286 hotels that can be found all over the city, the Shangri-La hotel made it to the top rank, definitely a 5 star hotel as most vacationers would say after their stay. Second to the list would be the Villa Samadhi, this place is real haven. From the name itself, you actually got your own villa which may have a private Jacuzzi depending on the rooms that you are getting, plus a terrace overlooking the lagoon.

The Park Royal Serviced Suites got the third spot for the most preferred hotel in Kuala Lumpur. A lot of foreigners and even locals love this hotel for its spacious rooms. It has 2 swimming pools as well, one on the first level, the other on the roof top. Followed by the Grand Hyatt Hotel whose name is world renowned has the best view so far among the others, the rooms are very elegant and their amenities are definitely one of the best around. The room space is just right plus the food is also great, definitely worth staying at.

To complete our top 5 best hotels in Kuala Lumpur is the Traders Hotel which also has branches in different countries. One of the best things that you can enjoy on this hotel is the great view of the Petronas Twin Tower, especially if your room is right across it. The staffs are very accommodating and the hotel is well maintained, there is also a park nearby which you can enjoy if traveling with family or kids.

Other hotels in the city of Kuala Lumpur are also great to stop by, although what you are actually paying is great service, memorable stay, complete amenities and friendly and accommodating staff, and for some hotels they can give you additional reason to stay if they can showcase the beautiful site of the city, especially the Petronas Twin Tower.

Malaysia is truly one of the Asian countries that you may want to visit if you are planning a trip abroad soon. Their country has been promoting their tourism lately and is doing a great job, especially after some conflicts with their borang br1m and some economic problems. The people of Malaysia is very kind although there are times that communicating might be a problem, other that than, it’s truly a great experience.

Win Over More Customers


The people in UK are specific when it comes to ‘Procedure’. The UK residents can be the best of Customers for Companies with presence in UK or have a global presence. In order to keep them happy and also do good business, it’s important that companies get 0800 numbers UK such that the interest at both ends are met with the Customers winning at all times.

In order to make the Customers win, the telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom has designed a strategy by which they have improved the Customer satisfaction Index and helped the Companies gain true motive in achieving excellent customer satisfaction (CSAT). Customers are the bread and butter for businesses and they thrive on the fact that their Customers are loyal to the Company. But for that a professional approach is required and 0800 numbers UK create a great platform.

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The 0800 numbers UK come with a stack full of facilities which are not just limited to free call from landline or mobile but the ease to leave a voice mail which are transferred to the email address of the company. They can also go at various extensions if the company has a department hierarchy. The company also enjoys forwarding calls to the mobile or landline which they specify.

Great Boom Beach Cheats

Are you tired of playing new mobile games for the simple fact that it takes a while to set up and start actually enjoying the game? That’s definitely a pet peeve I have when starting new mobile games and I’m sure I’m not the only one. One game that I really enjoy to play that had the WORST set up time is boom beach. Boom Beach is possibly one of the greatest mobile games I have ever played and I absolutely love it, but I cannot lie boom beach took almost a week for me to set up and start actually enjoying. For this simple fact, many players are turned off by boom beach and actually stop playing before they actually get to the good parts of the game. But that’s no longer going to be a problem for boom beach players going forward.

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My team and I have created new boom beach cheats that can stop these long set up times and can actually help you get to the action faster. Are you one of the people who hate the long set up times? If so, I recommend you get these boom beach cheats. You will get to see the fun side of boom beach much faster and you’ll be much more thankful that you did because boom beach is quite an amazing game. Did you know boom beach is an award winning game? That right there should tell you how promising the game is. But I can understand how you may not get to see that side of the game if you don’t start the game. Take a chance and get these boom beach cheats, you won’t regret it if you ask me. Tell me how you feel about these boom beach cheats in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

Moissanite vs Diamond: What Is the Price Difference?

When considering the issue of moissanite vs diamond, one of the key issues is the price. This is arguably one of the biggest issues. Here are some important facts about the prices of both:

1. Moissanite is much cheaper
In fact, the cost is generally only a small percentage of the cost of diamonds. This is definitely a key factor if you’re in the market for a high-quality gem that won’t cost a small fortune. You can save big bucks by choosing moissanite over diamonds. If you’re on a tight budget then this will be a key issue.

2. Diamonds are priced base d on more factors
Most of the time moissanite stones are only priced based on their size and variety. The type depends on whether the stone is enhanced or not enhanced. Before purchasing a stone, it’s important to determine if the price is reasonable based on these two factors. If it’s not then you should shop around.

3. Prices vary from store to store
Even if the price tag for a moissanite is reasonable based on its size and style, you should also shop around. It’s advisable that you compare prices at a minimum of three stores, whether they’re traditional or online ones. This will help you to find the lowest price.

Psychic Readings are Awesome

My kid would always tell me to buy her a telescope so that she can look at the stars and just stare for a while. When she was younger, around 2-3 years old, most of the books she have are about the planets and the stars, which I think may have a slight connection to why she is very interested. I thought to myself that maybe she wanted to study astrology and later on, become a scientist or an astronaut, which I might not support, I think. She could do psychic reading too, but that is just thinking too much for now.

It’s fascinating sometimes how kids develop their passion at an early age, while I strongly believe that what you expose them into could somehow influence their interest, I think later on they would still find a way to follow what’s really in their hearts. She loves creating stuff too and would most of the time follow whatever she sees on TV while watching her favorite show about art works. I really do my best to support whatever interests my kids have, except for playing tablet games which might only give them more harm with their eyes and body posture rather than fun.

The Road to the Keynote

Last week, Microsoft organized the Belgian edition of the Techdays, for the first time in Antwerp. After reading (Twitter, blogs…) and hearing quite a lot of feedback, the event was a success.

For me personally, it was also an exciting week: for the first time in my career, I was doing a keynote. I presented the Silverlight part of this talk, together with 2 other Regional Directors from Belgium: Peter Himschoot took the WPF part and Grégory Renard handled the Surface. Also, Katrien De Graeve (Microsoft) showed Windows 7 and Azure, while Hans Verbeeck (also Microsoft) glued all bits and pieces into a nice session.

In this article, you’ll get an overview of the demo we created for the keynote, called “Silverlight on the bike”.

The scenario

Hans, when not behind his laptop, loves to ride his bike. While on his bike, he wears a small device from Garmin that monitors his heart rate and also retrieves the entire route that he followed via GPS. When combining these 2 bits of information, you can see where the heartbeat went higher (because of a slope for example).

Garmin must like developers, because they expose this data as XML. Pure clean XML that any developer can read out. This data was the start for our scenario: plot out the route that Hans did on his bike on a map, show the heartbeat on a graph, throw in some pictures he took along the road and expose all this in a familiar looking interface in the browser.

The demo also needed to run as a standalone application as well as on the surface. Because of the portability of the code between Silverlight and WPF (Surface applications are WPF as well), a large amount of code could simply be copied from one platform to another.

And here’s how we created it…

While the demo contains too much code to explain here, I’ll go over some of the most interesting parts that really make Silverlight shine.

Step 1: Design is everything (sort of…)

The first thing we did was going to a designer and explain him the needs of our application. A request from our side was of course that he needed to create the interface in Blend. So he came up with a design, completely in XAML, as shown below.

A cool thing when working with Silverlight is a nice workflow between designers working in Blend and developers working in Visual Studio. Since designers work with the same files as developers, there’s no need to cut and paste the work that the designer did: he can make changes while developers are creating their code and these changes will be incorporated without any hassle.

Step 2: Get me that data

Design is one thing, coding is another. Our application is built around data (remember the XML file from the Garmin device), so the first problem that needs solving is getting that data into the application. Silverlight 2 supports several ways to connect with data: WCF, webservices, reading remote files… For the sake of simplicity, we are going to use the latter: we’ll drop the XML file in the web application. Silverlight now needs to connect with the file using the WebClient, a class that’s also available in the full version of the .NET framework.

Whenever Silverlight needs to go out fetching data, it will do so asynchronously. If it would perform this action synchronously, the browser would hang while data flows from server to client or vice-versa.

Codesnippet 1 shows the code needed for the data access and the result is shown.

1: WebClient client = new WebClient();

2: Uri address = new Uri(“http://localhost:” + HtmlPage.Document.DocumentUri.Port + “/” + fileName, UriKind.Absolute);

3: client.OpenReadCompleted += client_OpenReadCompleted;

4: client.OpenReadAsync(address);

CodeSnippet 1

Step 3: Let’s parse XML (still yuck?)

Now that we are able to connect with the data, we need to do something with it, we only have it in a string at this point. We need to parse the XML and create objects that represent the data in memory. Parsing XML using the “traditional” way, using XmlDocument classes and the like, is not my favorite part of my development life. This API is quite difficult and often requires XPath knowledge to access the correct data.

Since .NET 3.5 (in fact also in 3.0 as beta), LINQ and LINQ to XML were introduced and the great thing is that these are also included in Silverlight. Using the LINQ to XML API, we can very easily parse the XML and create objects representing the data. Codesnippet 2 shows the XML, codesnippet 3 shows the type that we’ll be creating. In Codesnippet 4, the code to parse the XML and to create a generic list of TrackPoint instances is shown.

1: <Trackpoint>

2: <Time>2009-02-14T14:13:10Z</Time>

3: <Position>

4: <LatitudeDegrees>51.3509752</LatitudeDegrees>

5: <LongitudeDegrees>4.6816549</LongitudeDegrees>

6: </Position>

7: <AltitudeMeters>20.3249512</AltitudeMeters>

8: <DistanceMeters>0.0343911</DistanceMeters>

9: <HeartRateBpm >

10: <Value>111</Value>

11: </HeartRateBpm>

12: <SensorState>Absent</SensorState>

13: </Trackpoint>

14: <Trackpoint>

15: <Time>2009-02-14T14:13:11Z</Time>

16: <Position>

17: <LatitudeDegrees>51.3509765</LatitudeDegrees>

18: <LongitudeDegrees>4.6816523</LongitudeDegrees>

19: </Position>

20: <AltitudeMeters>20.3249512</AltitudeMeters>

21: <DistanceMeters>0.0000000</DistanceMeters>

22: <HeartRateBpm >

23: <Value>110</Value>

24: </HeartRateBpm>

25: <SensorState>Absent</SensorState>

26: </Trackpoint>

27: <Trackpoint>

Codesnippet 2

1: public class TrackPoint

2: {

3:

4: private DateTime _time;

5:

6: public DateTime Time

7: {

8: get { return _time; }

9: set { _time = value; }

10: }

11:

12: private Point _position;

13:

14: public Point Position

15: {

16: get { return _position; }

17: set { _position = value; }

18: }

19:

20:

21: public double X

22: {

23: get { return _position.X; }

24: set { _position.X = value; }

25: }

26:

27: public double Y

28: {

29: get { return _position.Y; }

30: set { _position.Y = value; }

31: }

32:

33: private int _cadence;

34:

35: public int Cadence

36: {

37: get { return _cadence; }

38: set { _cadence = value; }

39: }

40:

41: private double _distance;

42:

43: public double Distance

44: {

45: get { return _distance; }

46: set { _distance = value; }

47: }

48: }

Codesnippet 3

1: public List<TrackPoint> Load(Stream filename)

2: {

3: XElement doc = XElement.Load(filename);

4: List<XElement> tps = doc.Descendants(“Trackpoint”).ToList<XElement>();

5:

6: TrackPoint tp = null;

7:

8: foreach (XElement point in tps)

9: {

10: try

11: {

12: tp = new TrackPoint();

13: tp.Position = new Point(double.Parse(point.Descendants(“LatitudeDegrees”).First().Value) / 10000000,

14: double.Parse(point.Descendants(“LongitudeDegrees”).First().Value) / 10000000);

15: tp.Distance = double.Parse(point.Descendants(“DistanceMeters”).First().Value) / 10000000;

16:

17: if (tp.Distance > _totalDistance)

18: _totalDistance = tp.Distance;

19:

20: tp.Cadence = int.Parse(point.Descendants(“HeartRateBpm”).First().Value);

21:

22: _trackPoints.Add(tp);

23: }

24: catch (Exception)

25: {

26:

27:

28: }

29: }

30: return _trackPoints;

31: }

Codesnippet 4

Step 4: Design: OK! Data: OK! UI: To Do!

Now we have the data from the device ready on the client-side within our Silverlight application as a generic list. We can now go ahead and add the UI elements to the interface.

Up first is a ribbon. We want to create a user interface that feels familiar to a user of the application. A great way to achieve this, is using a ribbon known from Office 2007. Currently, Silverlight does not contain a ribbon out-of-the-box yet, but there are some custom-built ones available. For the sake of simplicity, I created a usercontrol containing the ribbon instantiation. This keeps my Page.xaml code cleaner. Codesnippet 5 contains the code for the ribbon and codesnippet 6 contains the usercontrol that we’ll put on the page.

1: <rbn:Ribbon.QuickLaunchButtons>

2: <rbn:RibbonButton SmallImageSource=”Images/Save.png” />

3: <rbn:RibbonButton SmallImageSource=”Images/Undo.png” />

4: <rbn:RibbonButton SmallImageSource=”Images/Repeat.png” />

5: </rbn:Ribbon.QuickLaunchButtons>

6:

7: <!– Tabs –>

8:

9: <!– Home –>

10: <rbn:RibbonTab Title=”Home”>

11: <rbn:RibbonTabGroup Title=”Actions”>

12: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”New data” LargeImageSource=”Images/addxml.png” />

13: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”Change data” LargeImageSource=”Images/addxml.png” ButtonClick=”RibbonButton_ButtonClick” />

14: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”Images” LargeImageSource=”Images/addimages.png” />

15: </rbn:RibbonTabGroup>

16:

17: <rbn:RibbonTabGroup Title=”Reporting”>

18: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”New report” LargeImageSource=”Images/addreport.png” />

19: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”View reports” LargeImageSource=”Images/addreport.png” />

20: </rbn:RibbonTabGroup>

21: </rbn:RibbonTab>

22:

23: <!– Help –>

24: <rbn:RibbonTab Title=”Help”>

25: <rbn:RibbonTabGroup Title=”Help”>

26: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”About” LargeImageSource=”Images/about.png” />

27: <rbn:RibbonButton Text=”Help” LargeImageSource=”Images/help2.png” />

28: </rbn:RibbonTabGroup>

29:

30: </rbn:RibbonTab>

31:

32: </rbn:Ribbon>

Codesnippet 5

1: <!– Ribbon –>

2: <usercontrols:RibbonControl Grid.Row=”0″ Grid.Column=”0″

3: x:Name=”mainRibbon” VerticalAlignment=”Top”></usercontrols:RibbonControl>

Codesnippet 6

Next, we’ll add a Telerik Coverflow control that will enable us to flip through the images. Telerik as well as Infragistics (and many other vendors) have been busy creating controls suites, giving you many more controls to work with. Codesnippet 7 shows the code for this control.

1: <telerikNavigation:RadCoverFlow x:Name=”coverFlow” CameraY=”-80″ ItemMaxHeight=”100″

2: SelectedIndex=”5″ VerticalAlignment=”Top” CenterOffsetY=”15″>

3: <Image Source=”Pictures/1.jpg” />

4: <Image Source=”Pictures/2.jpg” />

5: <Image Source=”Pictures/3.jpg” />

6: <Image Source=”Pictures/4.jpg” />

7: <Image Source=”Pictures/5.jpg” />

8: </telerikNavigation:RadCoverFlow>

One of the main goals of the application is of course the display of the map that will also display the route that Hans did on his bike. A perfect candidate for this is Virtual Earth. On Codeplex, a project called DeepEarth, allows us to display Virtual Earth maps inside a Silverlight application. It also includes all the necessary stuff to show paths, icons etc and allows for easy zooming and panning. We’ll use this control to display the route.

Of course, we need to convert our data for the map to use. This is very simple code shown in codesnippet 8. What we’re doing here is simply converting our generic list of Trackpoints to a list of points the DeepEarth control can work with. Codesnippet 9 shows the code for displaying the map.

1: private void AddPolygon()

2: {

3: ConfigShapeLayer();

4: var points = new List<Point> { new Point(0, 0), new Point(20, 0), new Point(20, 20), new Point(0, 20) };

5: var polygon = new DeepEarth.Geometry.Polygon { Points = points };

6: shapeLayer.Add(polygon);

7: }

Codesnippet 8

1: <DeepEarth:Map x:Name=”map” >

2: <DeepControls:NavControl>

3: <DeepControls:MapSourceControl SelectedSource=”Hybrid”>

4: <DeepVE:TileLayer MapMode=”Aerial” />

5: <DeepVE:TileLayer MapMode=”Hybrid”/>

6: <DeepVE:TileLayer MapMode=”Road” />

7: </DeepControls:MapSourceControl>

8: </DeepControls:NavControl>

9: <DeepControls:CoordControl/>

10: </DeepEarth:Map>

Codesnippet 9

Finally, we need to display the heartbeat, also based on the data in the generic list. We can do this in several ways (for example using the controls from the Silverlight toolkit), but here, I choose to use a listbox. Displaying a heartbeat in a listbox might not sound that normal, as we are used to having the listbox show a list of text items. However, using Silverlight, we can completely restyle the listbox using the data template (Codesnippet 10). The data template allows for complete restyling of the items as well as the listbox’ display area. The item is replaced with an ellipse, absolutely positioned from the top and the display area is replaced with a drawing canvas. (To see the entire code, download the sample). The result is shown below.

1: <DataTemplate>

2: <Canvas Canvas.Left=”10″ Canvas.Top=”10″>

3: <Ellipse Fill=”Blue”

4: Tag=”{Binding}”

5: Width=”10″

6: Height=”10″

7: Stroke=”Black”

8: StrokeThickness=”.5″

9: MouseLeftButtonDown=”Ellipse_MouseLeftButtonDown”

10: MouseEnter=”Ellipse_MouseEnter”

11: MouseLeave=”Ellipse_MouseLeave”

12: >

13: </Ellipse>

14: </Canvas>

15: </DataTemplate>

Codesnippet 10

The final application

The following image shows the complete application running in the browser. You can download the entire source package by clicking here (Note that I left in all the source code for the other projects like DeepEarth. This way it’s easier for you to experiment with the demo).

(Due to the Virtual Earth webservice being down, the map is not displaying, as can be seen on the screenshot)