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Let's Play Dragon Age: Origins for Free

Just Snarky - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:50
What word that starts with the letter 'g', ending in the letter 's', and liked by everyone? Free, of course. Free games that is not often encountered, most generous publisher though most only give discounts. But giving away free game long enough run EA, and this time the phenomenal RPG title (in his time) can be enjoyed without paying.

On the House continue the program in Origin, Electronic Arts put one of the best role-playing game made ​​by BioWare to their list. Launched in 2009, Dragon Age: Origins gained much acclaim including dozens of Game of the Year awards from professional critics, and sold more than 3.2 million copies on the PC platform, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Maybe you've never tested or not at all familiar with the Dragon Age series. No problem, now is a good time to start. Apart from the spin-offs in mobile devices, the expansion pack and DLC, a new Dragon Age franchise has two main game. As the title of prime, many people argue that much more superior to Origins Dragon Age II, and they hope the Dragon Age: Inquisition was able to match the legendary title.

Before the film Game of Thrones popularize the theme of political intrigue, coups and violence in the Medieval fantasy world of Middle-earth a la JRR creations Tolkien, Dragon Age: Origins first present it digitally. Origins words in the title not only shows that he is the first game, but players can choose a character with six races and different backgrounds.

You can play the dwarf noble, under the care of a group of characters in witch, forest fairy, fairy town to get poor treatment of humans. The story of 'starters' are diverse, but each character will be drawn into a larger conflict with its own narasainya (City Elf and Human Noble has the most tragic story).

Through conversation option, you can form a suitable protagonist desire - evil or benevolent character. Just like an RPG, players will gather fellow companion. They have a complex personality and different interests, and at the end of the game, there will be one or two of these friends is a favorite companion. Creating interesting characters is the main skill BioWare.

To play Dragon Age: Origins for free, just visit the page On the House at Origin.com. Please click the button Get in Now in addition to the image of the game. Alternatively, log-in in the app launcher in Origin and directly access the home menu. Origins secure your coffee immediately before the date of October 15.
Categories: Lower Merion

apple maple pie

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-10-13 19:01


After watching the Food Network television show “Farmhouse Rules” the other day, I was inspired to bake a pie. So I decided to bake a homemade apple maple pie. I have baked this pie in the past, but this is the first time I have written down the recipe.

(Okay here is hoping that I have the proportions correct to give you for this recipe.)

9 inch vintage deep dish pie plate

Filling:
Four or five large apples peeled, cored, sliced
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace to taste
1 1/2 tablespoon of butter in little pieces
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup of flour
1/4 cup sugar
Couple tablespoons of apple cider

Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoon sugar
8 tablespoons butter
6 to 7 tablespoons water

Assemble crust using pastry blender and wrap dough in Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

While crust is chilling, assemble filling.

You will have enough dough for a rolled out bottom layer crust and strips for lattice top. I’m using a slightly smaller than normal but deep pie plate. Use a pastry brush to brush the lattice strips with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Tip: I roll my piecrust out between sheets of Saran wrap or parchment paper.

Tip: after I have rolled my crust to the desired thickness and I have put it in my pie plate, I throw into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before I fill with pie filling.

Heat oven to 425°. Bake pie on a cookie sheet to catch any spills. Bake 12 to 14 minutes at 425°, reduce oven to 350° and keep an eye on it and bake approximately 50 minutes more, or slightly less depending on your oven.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or thin slices of a good local cheddar cheese.

The vintage pie plate came from the Smithfield Barn.

Enjoy and happy baking!


Categories: Pennsylvania

SEPTA, Regional Rail Engineers Reach Tentative Agreement

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-10-13 16:42
The agreement will avert a strike.
Categories: Lower Merion

Officials tout infrastructure improvements on City Avenue and throughout region

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 16:06
With a newly paved City Avenue as a backdrop, several local and state officials were on hand Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s University to tout the benefits and infrastructure improvements that have been and will be taking place over the next few years due to last year’s passage of a major transportation funding bill known as Act 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

Opera Mini browser Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Gear S

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:23
Opera Mini is previously widely used by smartphone users, the interesting part of this application is its ability to compress a web page so that in addition to offering a faster connection, and Internet data that will be cheaper.
Recently reported that Opera Mini will be present on device smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Gear S that runs on the Android platform Wear.

Although the smart watches Samsung Galaxy Gear S has had its own browser, but the presence of the Opera Mini browser will offer additional options for users of the Samsung smart watches when accessing web content on their wrist.

Moreover, because the smart watches Samsung Galaxy S has been crammed facilities Gear SIM card can access data independently.

Browser created by a software company based in Norway that has the Speed ​​Dial feature that displays the bookmarks page website in the form of large icons so this feature will make it easier for users of smart watches to access a website with just one touch of a finger.

In the future, most likely the Opera Mini browser will also be present for other smartwatch devices running the Android operating system by using the Wear, but as yet no details about the news. Opera Mini for Samsung Galaxy Gear S will be pre-loaded in a specific area and can be downloaded for free via the browser at m.opera.com for which has had S. Gear

Features of Opera Mini for smartwatch will certainly have the same features with the features of the smartphone version of the Opera Mini browser, including support JavaScript, storage favorite sites (bookmarks), previous history (history), user name and password reminders, personal link (private browsing ), and SmartPage features a screen that displays the latest updates from social media accounts owned by the user or the latest news updates that appear on one page.

Smartwatch device users will also be easier to operate the browser Opera Mini on their wrist because Opera Mini version of smartwatch applications will support gesture commands such as double-tap or 'mecubit' screen (pinch-to-zoom) to zoom in and zoom out of the page, or slide your finger left or right to move to a web page which has been opened.

Another interesting thing, the browser Opera Mini also offers offline reading feature, where users can read web content that has been stored without requiring longer data access.

Previously, the browser Opera Mini also has a presence in various kinds of mobile platforms like J2ME, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, iOS and Android. No wonder if the browser made ​​by Opera Software ASA is based in Norway is now available for the Android platform Wear, one of the platforms for wearable devices that will become more and more popular in the future.
Categories: Lower Merion

Opera Mini Have Thirty Million Active Users in Indonesia

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:08
Opera announced that its flagship mobile browser Opera Mini is used by more than thirty million users each month (monthly active users). That number puts Indonesia as the second largest user of Opera Mini in the world after India. A quarter of smartphone users, especially Android. This figure is up 2.5 times than last year.

We can not deny that despite technological trends have shifted to the adoption of smartphones, Opera Mini still get a place because of its compression technology. Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen in a press release said, "The more the population of Indonesia is connected to the Internet through their devices, and we believe that the Opera Mini browser is the fastest and easiest to use are available in the market."

Opera findings stated that the average age of users of Opera Mini in Indonesia is 24 years, with 4 out of 10 users are still attending school or university. In addition, although still dominated by feature phone users, Opera Mini adoption of smartphones has remained in the realm of the fantastic.

There is a 154% increase for the use of smartphones, with the highest growth rate recorded by Android 156%, followed by iOS at 71%. Despite the popularity of BlackBerry continues to decline, it turns out the use of Opera Mini on this platform achieve increased 54% over the last year.

Furthermore, nearly half (exactly 42%) users of Opera Mini on Android using Samsung brand. Successive behind Samsung is Advan, Sony, Smartfren, and Evercoss with the cake that is not too far away.


For feature phone itself, which is actually still dominates, still dominated by Nokia phones. Opera itself has just cooperated with the Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia) to make Opera Mini as the default browser for non-Lumia range of phones.

Associated with the presidential election just passed, Opera notes that the statistics related to the content of law, government, and politics dominated the browser usage among consumers Opera Mini in Indonesia. There are 59% of active users are trying to achieve to date information in the segment.

As we suspected earlier, the news portal to get the blessing throughout the implementation of this democratic party. Opera mentioned five news portals that are most frequently accessed Seconds, Coverage 6, Compass, Tribune News, and Independence.

Tribune News Coverage 6 and obtain the greatest improvement from the previous year. On average, every Android users in Indonesia in 1225 opened the page using Opera Mini to access the information during the presidential election.

Seeing segment Opera Mini users, I wonder if they are targeting the entry-level smartphone users with a monthly expenditure for data packets is not too large. Opera Mini compression capabilities that claimed up to 90% will allow consumers to access more pages with data consumption more efficient.

To reach more Indonesian people join online, Opera Director Asia Growth Ivollex Hodiny mention there are three strategies they do to invite non-users.

The strategy is a special data packet Opera Mini is affordable with mobile operators, in collaboration with partners including the scheme pre-installed with local smartphone vendors, and the presence of community meetup. Opera even took Calvin Harris as Brand Ambassador, something which was first performed by Opera to promote their products in a country.
Categories: Lower Merion

Try to Compete with Google Glass, Toshiba Glass Come With New Display Technology

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:01

Augmented reality wearable device made ​​to modify the real world with digital content. With it, it opens new possibilities in the field of entertainment as well as overhaul the way we get information. Google Glass is currently the most promising device wearable AR, but the alternatives made ​​by Toshiba might be able to make consumers turn away.

In the event the annual Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies Japan, the company introduced a 3D TV ever 'glassesless' first in the world (RZ1) reveal a product in order to compete with Google's wearable AR Glass. The gadget was introduced with the name Toshiba Glass. Although essentially the same function, Toshiba brings a different approach to the display technology of augmented reality glasses another.

In Google Glass, there is an extra lens as a medium channeling object to the AR content that you see. Clear cube that serves to reflect the results of the projection so that the eyes can see. The concept is still held by Toshiba, but the execution is seamless. Instead of using an external lens, the reflector integrated into the lens of the glasses to the right.

That is, no additional lens that interfere with the user's view, and you are not the center of attention. When he switched off, it feels just like wearing regular glasses. When viewed more closely in a particular angle, it will look fine incisions in the lens to reflect projections. When turned on, you immediately see virtual images floating in front of the eye - such as Google Glass.

According to the tester, the result image is not as sharp as Thoshiba Glass competitor's product, and a new look up if you are in a dimly lit room. The producers still need to find a method that Toshiba Glass can deliver results on a picture perfect sunny conditions. But without the external reflector, Toshiba admirable achievement.

Toshiba Glass requires a constant connection to your smartphone. He has fewer features than the Google Glass because of the lack of a camera. Basically, this device only transmits the handset to view content. The biggest drawback is the lack of wireless connectivity - the smartphone and Toshiba Glass must be connected via a cable.

Interestingly, the cable connection is the solution to the problem battery performance wearable device from Toshiba. The reason, the built-in battery is claimed to make the Google Glass becomes heavy. Will be available three models of Toshiba Glass: standard, sporty and industrial (a la glasses lab). He promised present in the next year at a price much cheaper than the Google Glass - currently priced at $ 1,500.
Categories: Lower Merion

Road closure extended for portion of Old Gulph Road in Villanova

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 14:14
Editor's note: Old Gulph Road at Matsonford Road was open Monday in Villanova.
Categories: Lower Merion

How PHL is Handling the Threat of Ebola

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-10-13 13:04
Philadelphia International Airport does not have any direct flights from West Africa, it said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Live: Follow Yandamuri's sentencing trial

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 12:57
Follow live coverage from the court room during Raghunandan Yandamuri's sentencing trial.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mill Creek Road Bridge expected to re-open in late October

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 12:42
Repairs continue on the Mill Creek Road Bridge over Mill Creek, also known as the "S Bridge.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police report two Bala Cynwyd burglaries

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 12:42
Two residential burglaries and an attempted burglary were reported to police in the area of 100 block of Edgehill Road and Upland Terrace in Bala Cynwyd.
Categories: Lower Merion

indoor gardening season begins!

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-10-13 11:14


So I had this pot of ivy. I had started it from cuttings from last year’s ivy and it had been growing wild all summer in the back garden on a table. I know my days are numbered on what I can bring inside, and so is my space. So while I didn’t have room for a totally wild pot of ivy, I could make room for a pretty topiary.


I started by repotting the Ivy. It was slightly root-bound in the pot it had lived in all summer.

I then grabbed two hangers that were wire that were back from a recent dry cleaning visit. I used pliers to pull them in the shape I wanted them, and I undid the hanger hook part and made it straight.

I stuck them in the pot I had moved the ivy to. I used a combination of clear fishing line and some florist’s wire to anchor them together.


I then began the process of winding the long strands of ivy around the form I had created. Here and there are used little bits of florist’s wire to hold the ivy in place. But not a lot of tying down, because I have discovered over the years that if you allow the plant to be a little more loose and natural it’s better on the topiary.

It took a while, and a little patience, but still was relatively easy to do. And I have not made a topiary like this in years. I’m pretty pleased with the result!

Thanks for stopping by!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Montgomery County-based Plan W aims to put more women in local government

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:47
NORRISTOWN >> More than a year ago a group of high-powered women in the Philadelphia region recognized that local government boards like zoning, the planning commission and sewer authority had few or no women.
Categories: Lower Merion

Live: Follow Yandamuri's sentencing trial

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:47
Follow live coverage from the court room during Raghunandan Yandamuri's sentencing trial.
Categories: Lower Merion

$185K Drexel Road Home Recently Sold in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:38
Find other recently sold homes nearby from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Officials tout infrastructure improvements on City Avenue and throughout region

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:57
With a newly paved City Avenue as a backdrop, several local and state officials were on hand Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s University to tout the benefits and infrastructure improvements that have been and will be taking place over the next few years due to last year’s passage of a major transportation funding bill known as Act 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Oct. 13

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:08
The Daily Numbers: 0, as in the number of points scored by the Giants in a 27-0 beatdown at the hands of the Eagles.

18 years, how long it’s been since the Eagles shut a team out.

149 yards on 22 carries for LeSean McCoy. He’s back.

21 of 34 for 248 yards for Nick Foles.

2 TDs and 2 INTs for the Birds QB.

8 sacks racked up by the Eagles marauding defense.

13 of 23 for 151 yards for harassed Giants QB Eli Manning.

448 net yards for the Eagles offense, as opposed to just 253 for the Giants.

5-1 mark for the Eagles as they go into the Bye Week.

3-3 mediocrity for the Giants.

8 straight wins for the Birds at Lincoln Financial Field.

2 straight games in which linebacker Connor Barwin has recorded multiple sacks.

10-0 deficit that the Cowboys turned into a 30-23 win on the road in Seattle.

5-1 mark for the ‘Boys as well as they remain tied with Eagles atop NFC East.

3 tight ends used by Eagles early in game, leading to TD pass to a wide open James Casey.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Let’s hear it for the all-black look for the Eagles as they absolutely dominated the New Yorkers.

I Don’t Get It: OK, I’m officially off the ‘doubters’ list. This Eagles team can be very good. But keep an eye on the Cowboys.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to defensive coordinator Billy Davis, who completely confused the Giants with his schemes and blitzes. Quote Box: “Everybody was happy just to go out there and hit somebody in the mouth because they fired us up with all that talk.”

- Eagles Brandon Graham, on the all the trash-talking the Giants did last week.
Categories: Pennsylvania

In Lower Merion, a Cloudy Start to the Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:26
Overcast skies and a threat for showers will kick off this mild week, but a powerful cold front will bring cool conditions by this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Black Beauties: Eagles make believers out of doubters

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:18
Turns out Chip Kelly's team knows how to play defense, too.

Kelly, often referred to as an "offensive genius," and defensive coordinator Billy Davis blindsided their NFC East rival the Giants last night, shutting them out in a 27-0 blowout win.

Give credit for this one to Davis, who concocted a bewildering package of blitzes and coverage that seemed to totally confuse Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who spent much of the night on his back or running for his life.

The reserved, low-key Manning was one of the few Giants who was not trash-talking the Eagles last week. Maybe he knew something. A confident Eagles team - apparently intent on ridding Philly of any nagging doubts about this squad - dominated in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams.

Nick Foles had a solid night, going 21 of 34 with 2 TDs. The Eagles finally managed to get LeSean McCoy untracked. The running back burned the Giants for 149 yards on 22 carries.

But it was the defense that really dazzled in prime time.

The Birds came out dressed all in black, and quickly put Manning and the Giants into mourning.

It was the fist time in 18 years that the Eagles kept an opponent off the scoreboard.

The Birds' defense has been spotty at best in the first six weeks of the season. Not so last night. They harassed Manning into a miserable night, compiling just 12 first downs and 253 yards of total offense.

Manning was just 12 of 23 for 151 yards before he took a seat late in the fourth quarter.

I suppose this would be a good time to revisit my 'Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick,' which of course appeared in this space on Saturday. In it I went with the Giants, saying I continued to have my doubts about both the Eagles and in particular Nick Foles.

The Birds answered all those questions Sunday night.

Foles was money. LeSean McCoy is back. The defense was lights out.

I've never been happier to get a game so wrong.

It appears the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are on a collision course to see who will win the NFC East. Mark your calendars. They will meet in Dallas on Thanksgiving in the 'Boys annual holiday affair.

The Cowboys served notice that they are for real by going on the road and beating the Seahawks in Seattle yesterday.

I'm done doubting the Eagles.

Bring on the 'Boys.

CLICK HERE to read Bob Grotz's game story on the Birds' big win.

CLICK HERE to read Jack McCaffery's take on the game.
Categories: Pennsylvania