Monday, September 30, 2013

First iPhone 5s Waterproof Case: A ZipLoc Bag

The iphone case 5s apple zip 5s is still a fairly new device, so there aren't very many accessories for it just yet, and this includes waterproof cases. We should be seeing waterproof cases for the iPhone 5s pop up sooner or later, but it'll be a little tricky given that the iPhone 5s has that nifty new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Since most waterproof cases of yore are simply just a rubber seal that covers up the home button, the same can't be done with the iPhone 5s.

Instead, case manufacturers will have to think of a clever way of waterproofing the fingerprint sensor, while still keeping it functional. So far, we've heard from a few case companies who are working on iPhone 5s-specific waterproof cases, but nothing has been released yet as far as that goes (an update to iOS 7 also won't waterproof your phone, no matter how convincing the fake ads are). In the meantime, we figured out a cheap and quick way to keep your phone waterproof, while still keeping the fingerprint sensor usable. All it involves is a ZipLoc bag.

This little life hack has been around for awhile now: Put your phone in a ZipLoc bag to protect it from getting wet, or keep sand out of it if you're going to the beach. Luckily, though, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s works flawlessly through the plastic of the ZipLoc bag, as demonstrated in our own video:

However, there is a catch: It only works when the bag and your fingers are dry. Once the ZipLoc bag and your fingers have been compromised with water, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor doesn't work at all. It's a bit of an interesting twist, given that the point of the ZipLoc bag is to protect it from water, so you'll most likely be using it when it's wet, but the touch screen will still work flawlessly, no matter the conditions.

With that said, it's still a good trick to use if you have an iPhone 5s and are going hiking or running for the day and might come across some rain. In these instances, it's always a good idea to protect your phone somehow, and while the fingerprint sensor won't work when it's wet, you'll still be able to unlock your phone by entering in your passcode, obviously.

Let us know how this worked for you in the comments below, and feel free to send us more ideas on how to waterproof the new iPhone 5s.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo to debut new goalie mask

<halloween h2o maskp>Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is hoping the bring back some of that luck from the Cup Final run a couple of years with a new mask the is reminiscent of an old mask.

In a video released on the Canucks website, the team's number one goalie shows off the new lid, featuring the design from the Canucks shoulder patch.

"I prefer simpler masks," Luongo said. "I wanted to go back with the Johnny Canuck theme that I had from a few years ago and hopefully it carries over a bit of that luck that we went to the Cup Finals."

Luongo said a plainer mask is easier for all the fans to see what's going on, and that's what he was going for.

Canucks' fans will be hoping for an uncharacteristically strong start from the notoriously slow starter who regained his number one job when Vancouver dealt Cory Schneider to New Jersey for a first round draft pick this summer, ending the ugly goaltending controversy that had enveloped the team.

The Canucks start the season Thursday night in San Jose.


Tanzania: 55,000 Tanzanian Schoolgirls Pinched, Prodded and Expelled for Pregnancy

More than 55,000 Tanzanian schoolgirls have been expelled from school over the last decade halloween shirts for pregnant women being pregnant, perpetuating their vulnerability and poverty, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said on Thursday.

From the age of 11, schoolgirls are forced to undergo humiliating and painful pregnancy tests as often as once a month, the U.S.-based advocacy organisation said in its report, "Forced out: Mandatory pregnancy testing and the expulsion of pregnant students in Tanzanian schools". If pregnant, they are expelled immediately.

"Girls are expelled from school regardless of how they get pregnant," Evelyne Opondo, CRR's Nairobi-based Africa director, told Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"A lot of the girls who get pregnant at that age are actually girls who are vulnerable. They are girls from poor families. They are girls who have been exposed to sexual violence," she said.

One of the girls interviewed for the report was raped at the age of 13. Others were sleeping with older men in exchange for school fees, food or shelter.

"When you expel them from school, you deny them that chance of education. You confine them to that circle of poverty," said Opondo. "They will remain poor and their children will be poor most likely."

Expelled teenagers face widespread stigma, the possibility of being forced into marriage and the challenge of providing for themselves and their babies. Some wealthier families are able to send their daughters to private schools but the majority end up looking for casual work.

None of the expelled girls interviewed has a full-time job. Some work part-time in hotels or restaurants or sell food on the streets. Several were thrown out by their families and one ended up homeless.


Tanzania has a problem with high teenage pregnancy rates. Over 44 percent of Tanzanian girls have given birth or are pregnant by the age of 19. It also has one of the world's lowest rates of transition - of both girls and boys - from primary to secondary school, at 36 percent.

The punitive measures meted out by schools ignore the underlying realities that cause adolescent girls to get pregnant in the first place, the report said.

Source: Allafrica

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Altronix introduces new innovative products at ASIS 2013

Published on 24 Sep, 2013
The introductions include the new Altronix eBridge™4SK kit and NetWay™4ESK kit that transmits IP data

Altronix introduces several innovative products that deliver more than just power here at ASIS 2013 (booth #1711). Introductions include the new eBridge™4SK kit which allows four IP devices to replace a single analogue camera over legacy coax cabling, and the new NetWay™4ESK kit that transmits IP data and delivers PoE+ for up to four IP devices over a single CAT5/6 cable. These new additions from Altronix provide greater value and flexibility when upgrading security, access and surveillance systems.

"Our ongoing objective is to develop new and better ways to improve system performance," said Alan Forman, President, Altronix. "Our new eBridge™4SK Ethernet over coax and NetWay4ESK IP data and PoE transmission solutions deliver more value, enhanced network communications and greater flexibility."

The new eBridge4SK kit allows you to replace a single analogue camera over legacy coax with up to four IP devices. This kit consists of the eBridge4SPT transceiver with an integral four port managed PoE+ switch that transmits IP data to the head-end, and an eBridge1SPR receiver that passes system power up the coax over 1500 feet (5X maximum Ethernet distance) without the need for repeaters.

The new NetWay4ESK kit transmits IP data and delivers power for up to four PoE+ cameras/devices over a single CAT5/6 cable. NetWay4ESK consists of a four-port managed NetWay4ES PoE+ switch and a NetWay1E midspan injector. This kit provides an extremely cost-efficient means of maximising IP infrastructure while reducing overall equipment and labour costs.

Both kits are UL listed in the U.S.A. and Canada, and CE and C-Tick approved. All Altronix products are made in the U.S.A and feature a lifetime warranty.

For more information on Altronix's extensive line of products, call toll free 1-888-258-7669, e-mail or visit

Source: Sourcesecurity

Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmys 2013: Get ready for the water cooler

(CNN) -- If you missed Sunday night's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, don't worry -- we can bring you up to speed.

Here are five things that will help you contribute to the morning buzz about television's biggest night:

1) Get ready to hear a lot about Merritt Wever.

You're forgiven if you said, "Who?" when the "Nurse Jackie" actress was announced as the Emmy winner for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. Unless you're a fan of the show, you may not have been aware of Wever or her smart turn as nurse Zoey Barkow on the Showtime series.

But thanks to what host Neil Patrick Harris called the "best speech ever," plenty of people are now talking about Wever. After receiving the first award of the evening, Wever took to the stage and hastily said, "Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' different role Fans in frenzy over 'Breaking Bad' end 2013 Emmys: And the award for best acceptance speech goes to ...2) Neil Patrick Harris, we wanted to love you more.

Take note future winners of any awards show: Sometimes less is more.

It was his second go-round as Emmys host, and yet it just didn't feel like the NPH we were expecting.

From the lackluster opening -- which featured the actor "binge watching" some of the past year's television shows -- to his song-and-dance numbers, it felt less than overwhelming.

Past Emmys hosts show up to help Neil Patrick Harris3) Michael Douglas loves innuendo.

"He didn't tarnish the winners' evening, but he did nothing to burnish it, either," USA Today said of Harris.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey heckled him from the audience during the opening monologue, making us yet again sound the alarm for that pair to host every awards show, always.

4) The show was kind of sad -- and it made some mad.

The actor scored a best actor in a movie or miniseries Emmy for his role as Liberace in the HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," and he used the moment as an opportunity to tease co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace's lover.

Calling his Emmy statue a "two-hander," Douglas quipped, "And Matt, you're only as good as your other hand. ... You were magnificent, and the only reason I'm standing here is because of you. So you really deserve half of this. Do you want the bottom or the top?"

5) Will Ferrell and his kids are way funnier than most of Hollywood.

Cue Damon laughing.

Yes, we lost some stars this year, and the decision to pay homage to some of them -- including James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith -- seemed like a lovely idea.

But the personal tributes from their friends and co-stars definitely brought the energy way down for some viewers and also led to the issue of some stars being left out.

"I really felt like Larry Hagman should have been honored in that group of five actors that passed this year that were honored in a very heartfelt and moving way," Hagman's "Dallas" co-star Jesse Metcalfe told CNN. "I thought he deserved to be singled out as well."

Ferrell presented the last two awards of the evening -- best comedy and best drama -- with an assist from his three sons: Magnus, 9, Mattias, 6, and Axel, 3.

Dressed more like they were headed to a sporting match than the Emmy stage, the four had the audience rolling.

"Unfortunately Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second, and they called me literally 45 minutes ago and I couldn't find child care, OK," Ferrell explained. "We had a soccer game; there was a neighbor's birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn't have time to do my hair. It doesn't matter, it's great to be here."

CNN's Nischelle Turner contributed to this report.

Source: Cnn

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Sunday you'll see the final episode of Showtime's Dexter. Producers are very confident they have a strong finish, a conclusion they've been crafting for years. The eighth season premiere, too, was quite strong. But then there were all those episodes in between. Fan reaction has been unkind. Funny or Die wrote that Dex should kill the writers. Recappers like AV Club have been brutal. One blogger last month wrote an open letter to Showtime pleading with the network to just skip to the finale. The show's hardcore supporters on Reddit turned sour and even Dexter's former showrunner bashed it. What happened?

Here are the most common gripes:

1. The final season didn't tell the story fans expected and wanted: Dexter Morgan is an unassuming police lab tech hiding in plain sight as a serial killer. Especially after last season's finale, where Deb killed Capt. LaGuerta, fans have naturally assumed the final season would address that central tension and focus on Dex's secret unraveling and the hunter becoming the hunted - which is the route the similarly conceived Breaking Bad took this summer. Instead, season 8 felt like a typical season with Dexter battling new external threats instead of a final season that felt like it was building toward an epic conclusion.

2. Those subplots. Masuka finds his biological daughter. Quinn tries to pass the sergeant's exam. Jamie and Quinn's romance is rocky. Fans wondered: Why? Why, in the final season, are we watching low-stakes side-stories? These characters should ideally be involved somehow in the central storyline, but they were shoved aside to appear in their own USA Network-style mini-dramedies.

3. Soft new characters: Dr. Evelyn Vogel was a strong addition to the show. But what is the point of Jake Elway besides barking at Deb and drinking electrolytes? Why was Deputy Marshall Clayton added to the show a few episodes before the finale to track down Hannah? Consider: This is a show full of cops and its the last season. If somebody is going to track Hannah and get stabbed to death by the Brain Surgeon. Why not give that story arc to Batista or Quinn or, heck, even Elway?

4. Miami Metro clown college. We accept that Dex is smarter than his colleagues and he gets away with a lot of homicidal shenanigans right under their noses. But season 8 took Miami Metro cluelessness to new level. First we learn that Dex successfully covered up LaGuerta's murder last season because his bosses let him work her crime scene - even though she accused him of being a serial killer in front of the whole department shortly before she was killed. We're told Batista has a box of evidence from LaGuerta in his living room which might incriminate Dex and Deb and we assume he's going to look through it - he never did. Then Miami Metro lets Dex work another crime scene of somebody he's close to - his cute neighbor's murder, even though they dated and she lives right next door. Deb even CONFESSES to killing LaGuerta and Quinn refuses to believe her. When Dexter quips that the murder solve rate in Miami is only 20 percent, you know why - you literally can't get arrested by Miami Metro!

5. Convoluted Big Bad. In last week's penultimate episode, Oliver Saxon (aka The Brain Surgeon) became a rather effective icy villain. Yet for most of the season, Dexter kept trying to fake-out fans on The Brain Surgeon's identity. By the time he was revealed as Dr. Vogel's son, the storyline had become so tangled it was difficult to feel emotionally invested. Here's one EW recap reader's summary of the Brain Surgeon storyline that was posted in the comments last week:

Vogel: Dexter, I want you to kill the Brain Surgeon.
Dexter: I don't want to.
Vogel: Please kill the Brain Surgeon.
Dexter: I will kill the Brain Surgeon.

Vogel: Kill all these serial killers.
Dexter: Okay. I found one named Zach Hamilton. He will die.
Vogel: Don't kill Zach Hamilton.
Dexter: I NEED to kill Zach Hamilton.
Vogel: Don't do it.
Dexter: I will not kill Zach Hamilton. I will teach him the code!
Vogel: Cool.
Dexter: He cannot be taught the code! I must kill him!
Vogel: Don't.
Dexter: My mistake. He's cool. I'll teach him the code again.

Dexter: That guy you wanted me to kill wasn't the Brain Surgeon. Instead, your SON is the Brain Surgeon! I will kill him!
Vogel: Don't kill my son the Brain Surgeon. All he ever did was kill my other son and threaten my life.
Dexter: I NEED to kill him.
Vogel. I know, but don't.
Dexter: Okay. (I'm really going to, though)
Vogel. What a relief.
Dexter. Look at this video of your son killing Zach Hamilton.
Vogel. The horror! Dexter, please kill my son the Brain Surgeon.
Dexter: Will do.

Brain Surgeon: You picked Dexter over me! I will kill you AND Dexter!
Dexter: Okay, now I REALLY need to kill Brain Surgeon!
Brain Surgeon: Sorry Dexter. Can we forget all this if I buy your condo?
Dexter: I don't want to kill you, I want to bang my girlfriend.
Brain Surgeon. Okay, thanks for letting me go.
Dexter: Nope. I'm calling my sister right now to arrest you. Also, please don't tell on me for my serial killing even though I told on you for all the brain surgery.

NEXT: Reasons 6-10: Bad romance, Argentina, plot holes and THAT scene

Source: PopWatch