Turn your iPad into a foosball table with this interesting gadget

Yes, you read it right, now you can turn your iPad into a real foosball table! It is pretty cool to play foosball on your smartphone, but to play it on the iPad with a little foosball table, now that is a unique experience. People in New Potato Technologies are the one behind this interesting gadget which combines virtual applications and the real foosball table.

So, how does it work?

First things first, you have to meet some requirements before you can purchase this amazing foosball table, but don’t worry it is not complicated. The application which works on this stand is called the Classic Match Foosball, which is the name of the foosball table as well. You have to download the application to play on the table because this app is 100% compatible with the stand. Any other application might work, but not likely because the stand is made especially for this application. The application itself is FREE so I don’t see a problem with the download.

Now, let’s talk about the stand. There are two dimensions you can purchase because the first dimension is compatible with the iPad 1,2 and 3. The second stand, a newer model, is compatible with the iPad 3, 4 and iPad Air and Air 2.

Two sizes of foosball tables for iPad

Both of the tables look pretty much the same, except some minor design changes which don’t affect the game. With this foosball table, you will get 4 legs, 1 stand for the iPad, 8 rods and 2 scoring systems (one in red and one in blue). The table assembly is extremely simple; all you need to do is to attach the legs on the stand and insert the rods into 8 holes, just below the place where you put the iPad and you are done. On the bottom part of the table is 1 USB port, which means that you can plug the table and charge your iPad while you play the match. Forget about the empty battery notification during the most interesting part of the game.

When you assemble the stand for the iPads and place them on the stand, your iPad will look like the mini foosball table. On both longer sides of the iPad are 4 rods used to control the players in the game. On both shorter sides of the iPads are scoring systems so you will have to move the bean when you score – just like on the real foosball table.

The Classic Match Foosball application

The foosball application is really good. I like the fact that the rods and the players in the app move the same second so you really have a feeling like you are on the real table. Rods are extra sensitive so they register every move you make, no matter how small it is. Unfortunately, the rods in the reality and the rods in the game aren’t in line, they are moved a little bit, but that is something you can get used to after 3-4 matches.

This gadget is one excellent product which will keep you entertained for hours and I think it can be the perfect gift for every fooser on the planet.

Cricket 101 for Your India Visit

Cricket is a beloved sport that you’ll find people playing on the beaches and the streets of India. You’ll also see it on every television in sight.

If you’re an American, you’re probably mystified by this sport that can last for days and looks a little like baseball, but is nothing like it at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to Mumbai on a vacation or to Goa for the volunteer trip of a lifetime.

Knowing a thing or two about cricket will help you ease into the culture (and give you something to talk about with the locals). Treat it as the football of India.

Here’s all you need to know for a basic understanding.

It’s easier than it looks

It might appear confusing, but cricket is a simple game. Basically, Player A throws a ball (which is called “bowling”) at an opposing team’s player, Player B. Player B tries to hit the ball with a cricket bat.

The terms of cricket are the most confusing aspect, and that’s where people slip up. Don’t concern yourself with the terminology and jargon; simply focus on the beautiful simplicity of the game.

Cricket has a strong moral code that can be summed up as “play fair.” That’s why you’ll hear expressions outside of the game such as “play with a straight bat,” or a “sticky wicket,” which insinuates that a person is a cheater.

The moral ethos of cricket is so ingrained into Indian society that sports metaphors (like “three strikes and you’re out” in the US) are rampant.

Cricket 101

There are two types of cricket: Long (which lasts three to five days) and short (one day). Let’s tackle short cricket for now.

Each team has 11 players and is officiated by two referees. The goal of cricket is to score more “runs” than the other team.

In cricket, “Innings” defines either a player’s individual batting or a team’s turn at bat. Two “batsmen” hit at a time. They’ll keep batting until one is “out.”

When that player is out, he’s replaced by the third batsman. This goes on until 10 of 11 players are out. The inning is now over, since Player 11 can’t bat by himself. Once this happens, it’s time for the other team to have their “innings.”

A wicket game

Since there are two batsmen, one stands at each wicket (which look like three sticks in the ground). The batsman farthest from the bowler is called a “striker” and the other is a “non-striker.” The striker is the one waiting to hit the ball at the moment.

Players can “lose their wicket” (get called out) one of five ways:

1) getting “bowled,” which happens if the ball hits the wicket and removes at least one “bail” (which are two pieces of wood that sit on top of the wicket)

2) getting “caught,” which means the batsman hits the ball, but someone from the opposing team catches it before it strikes the ground (that’s similar to baseball)

3) getting “stumped,” which happens if the ball isn’t hit but the striker puts his foot outside the “crease” and the “wicket keeper” gets the ball while breaking the wicket (assuming the striker is still outside the crease)

4) getting “run out,” which happens when someone in the field catches the ball and knocks down a wicket while the striker is running and not “safe” yet, and

5) getting “fifthly,” which happens if the ball hits a striker’s leg and the umpire decides it was meant to be a wicket leg.

PEPSI IPL 2014 Schedule

The PEPSI IPL 2014 begins on 16th April 2014 in UAE. Check out the complete schedule below.

Date  Match No Venue Match
16.4.14 1 Abu Dhabi Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
17.4.14 2 Sharjah Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
18.4.14 3 Abu Dhabi Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
18.4.14 4 Abu Dhabi Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
19.4.14 5 Dubai Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
19.4.14 6 Dubai Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
20.4.14 7 Sharjah Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
21.4.14 8 Abu Dhabi Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils
22.4.14 9 Sharjah Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
23.4.14 10 Dubai Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
24.4.14 11 Sharjah Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
25.4.14 12 Dubai Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils
25.4.14 13 Dubai Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
26.4.14 14 Abu Dhabi Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
26.4.14 15 Abu Dhabi Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
27.4.14 16 Sharjah Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
27.4.14 17 Sharjah Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
28.4.14 18 Dubai Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
29.4.14 19 Abu Dhabi Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
30.4.14 20 Dubai Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
2.5.14 21 Ranchi Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
3.5.14 22 Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
3.5.14 23 Delhi Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
4.5.14 24 Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
5.5.14 25 Ahmedabad Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
5.5.14 26 Delhi Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
6.5.14 27 Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
7.5.14 28 Delhi Delhi Daredevils vs  Kolkata Knight Riders
7.5.14 29 Cuttack Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
8.5.14 30 Ahmedabad Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
9.5.14 31 Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
10.5.14 32 Delhi Delhi Daredevils vs  Sunrisers Hyderabad
10.5.14 33 Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs  Chennai Super Kings
11.5.14 34 Cuttack Kings XI Punjab vs  Kolkata Knight Riders
11.5.14 35 Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore vs  Rajasthan Royals
12.5.14 36 Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
13.5.14 37 Ranchi Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
13.5.14 38 Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
14.5.14 39 Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
14.5.14 40 Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
15.5.14 41 Ahmedabad Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
18.5.14 42 Chennai Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
18.5.14 43 Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
19.5.14 44 Ahmedabad Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
19.5.14 45 Delhi Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab
20.5.14 46 Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
20.5.14 47 Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
21.5.14 48 Mohali Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
22.5.14 49 Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
22.5.14 50 Chennai Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
23.5.14 51 Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils
23.5.15 52 Mohali Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
24.5.14 53 Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings
24.5.14 54 Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
25.5.14 55 Mohali Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
25.5.14 56 Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
27.5.14 Qualifier 1 Chennai TBD vs TBD
28.5.14 EliMumbai Indiansnator Chennai TBD vs TBD
30.5.14 Qualifier 2 Mumbai TBD vs TBD
1.6.14 FINAL Mumbai TBD vs TBD

Enjoy the PEPSI IPL

Is the WWE Network the Future of Television?

On February 24th, World Wrestling Entertainment went live with their groundbreaking WWE Network. Will it be the first of many similar niche cable channels, or is it too specialized to be moved to the mainstream?

What is the WWE Network?

To put it simply, WWE has created its own private Netflix. A large portion of their video library, including DVD titles that once sold for $20-$30 apiece, is now available for subscribers to stream on digital devices.

Like Netflix with its series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the WWE has created a new series; but unlike Netflix, it will also be streaming live events — events that used to be available as $35-$45 pay-per-views.

Will it work?

The math looks simple: roughly 300,000 people buy WWE Pay-Per-View events, on average. If you take $45 as an average cost, that’s $13.5 million.

At $10/month, that means the WWE needs to collect 1.35 million subscribers per month to break even. If you look at the ratings for current television programming, it means they need to convert roughly 25-33% of their viewers into paying customers.

Wrestling fans are notoriously dedicated; this just might be possible for them.

Will sports follow?

When you ask “Who’s Next?” the obvious answer is other sports-related properties; not just the UFC, which could easily follow the same strategy (with 170 live events, plus television shows such as The Ultimate Fighter), but imagine the heavyweights: Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

They don’t have to worry about monetizing enough viewers to make up for losing pay-per-view revenue; and they have a core of fans who are just as dedicated. How many people in Boston would pay ten dollars a month to to be able to watch any Red Sox or Patriots game, at any time?

And what if games were blacked out on network television … but could still be viewed through streaming, for paying customers?

The other option

What if the big networks followed this model? As more and more consumers move toward “cord cutting,” and cancel their cable or satellite service to watch their favorite shows online, could networks see this as a way to make up for lost advertising revenue?

Most networks already post their shows online, using limited viewing dates or requiring proof of cable subscription to watch them. Instead, they could set up subscription services where ten dollars a month gets you access to all their shows, past and present.

The networks have an issue the sports leagues don’t: A Cowboys fan may watch a Bears game because he loves football, but a fan of NCIS isn’t necessarily going to want to watch The Young & The Restless or 2 Broke Girls

What the future holds

It can be hard to predict the future when the present is still up in the air, but one thing is certain. If the WWE Network succeeds, we can expect to see more “niche” programming follow in its footsteps. But before the larger networks follow in the footsteps of musclebound brawlers, some things will need to change.

IPL 2014 Auction Details

The IPL Governing Council has given the player regulations for the 2014 auction which will be held on February 12, 2014 and if required it will be continued on February 13, 2014.

  • Each team can retain up to 5 players.
  • IPL fee for all players will be in India rupees. Foreign players will be paid in the currency they want at the prevailing exchange rate on the actual date of payment or the contract due date whichever is beneficial to the player.
  • The IPL will exclude Champions League fees. Champions League fees will be 10% of the IPL fees.
  • Minimum players required by each team is 16 and the maximum is 27. (Out of which only 9 can be foreign players.
  • Maximum of 4 foreign players in the playing XI.
  • Maximum a team can spend on players is Rs. 60 crores and the minimum is Rs. 36 crores.
  • Price for retaining players is
    1. ·   Rs. 12.5 crore for the first capped Player so retained.
    2. ·   Rs. 9.5 crore for the second capped Player so retained.
    3. ·    Rs. 7.5 crore for the third capped Player so retained.
    4. ·   Rs. 5.5 crore for the fourth capped Player so retained
    5. ·    Rs. 4 crore for the fifth capped Player so retained.
  • All teams will now have a “rights to match” in the auction. According to this after the auctioneer declares the player as sold and then ask the relevant team( players previous team) if they wish to exercise their “rights to match”. If the right is exercised the team will get the player for the maximum bid price and no other team can bid after that.
  • A team retaining 5,4 or 3 players has 1 “rights to auction” while a team retaining 2 or 1 players/player has 2 “rights to auction”. The team which does not retain any player has 3 “rights to auction”.

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Most Profitable Sports Leagues Worldwide

As a sports fan you may have come across a number of sport leagues while reading the latest sports news. But have you wondered which sports leagues are among the most profitable ones? Read on to find out!

Barclays Premier League: If recent reports are to be believed, this league is the world’s richest sporting league. The clubs, totaling 20, shelled out a mammoth $1,012 billion on its players. According to a report, revenues of all the clubs put together would add up to $4.67 billion in the next season. This would be a hike of $933 million as against the 2012-2013 season.

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NBA: The NBA has 30 teams, with 29 in the United States and one in Canada. Statistics from the early part of 2013 suggested that an NBA team is worth $509 million, an increase of 30 per cent from 2012. The league’s most valuable team is the New York Knicks, worth $1.1 billion.

NFL: The profit margin for the National Football League increased in 2012. The revenues of the average team rose to $286 million per team in 2012. The NFL generates over $8 billion in revenue every season. In 2013, the Dallas Cowboys alone were valued at $2.3 billion. However, every club has a salary ceiling, which is affixed at $123 million for 2013.

MBL: The revenue of the MLB stood at $6.81 billion in 2012. Statistics from Bloomberg suggest that the average value of an MLB team is $1 billion, a 35 percent-hike from previous estimates. The New York Yankees are worth $3.3 billion, making them the most expensive and valuable team of the league. In fact, MLB is in its peak form and has seen the largest spectator numbers over the last decade, signing two eight-year US national TV contracts, one for $2.8 billion and one for $4 billion. While baseball’s revenues are expected to cross the $9 billion mark by 2014, football revenues are already almost there.

NHL: The League’s revenue is expected to be $2.4 billion this year. Though the NHL is not in the same league as MLB or NFL when it comes to profitability, it is gaining slowly. It’s definitely closer to the NBA whose revenue is estimated at $5 billion.

Formula 1: The Formula One racing championship saw revenues of $1.6 billion in 2012, a marginal increase from $1.5 billion in 2011. A chunk of the profits, a little over 47 per cent, is split between all teams, known as the prize fund. In 2011, this money amounted to $400-500 million and was shared among the top ten teams. In Singapore, F1 has quickly become one of the most successful races. The attendance for the Singapore Grand Prix was 260,000 in 2012. The league has plans to introduce new races in other frontiers including Russia.

Lack of Sports in Modern City Life

Sports is one of the most important things in the human life. It is the collection of activities which keeps us fit and healthy. It also gives rise to social co-operation. Sports have been part of the human life from ancient times. The variety of sports human beings have played is endless. Sports have sometimes become an identity of a group of people. One of the major examples of this is “The Olympics”. But unfortunately, the modern city life has been programmed in such a way that sports is slowly becoming a trivial issue in it.

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The Thrilling World of Sports

Importance of Sports in Human Life

Sports are one of the most important things in the human life. It is the process by which human beings refresh their body and mind. The importance of sports has been felt by the humans from the ancient times. Thus much importance was given to this part of the human life by all major civilizations. Although the nature of ancient sport varied widely, it existed all the time. But with the passage of time, sports became different and in the modern city life, it is becoming a rare event.

Sports Becoming a Rare Thing

The modern city life is full of all types of activities and facilities. Everything one can imagine and think about is available here. But the busy life of people has a serious side effect on the sports part of the human life. It has becoming a rare thing. People are busy all the time pursuing their studies or career, and they tend to forget how important sports are for keeping themselves fit and healthy. Sports are the only thing that makes people happy and united.

Light in Darkness

But there is some light in the darkness all around. City based sports are slowly developing and they have created a genre in itself. One of the most popular city based sport is Skateboarding. It is a sport which requires lots of skill and precision. One must also be ready to face considerable degree of pain. One of the other games that are very popular in the cities is Cycling. It is one of the interesting ways to stay fit. Cycling is one of the most active sports which require lots of qualities to be executed properly.

Conclusion

City life is slowly getting rid of sports. One of the main reasons behind this is the lack of greenery or playing area. However this has given rise to some unique and innovative types of games. These games have expanded the already rich collection of sports. Sports are the thing which keeps the body and mind active. It is essential for every human being to practice some sort of sporting activity. Sports have been practiced from the ancient time and it has contributed significantly to the development of human civilization. Modernity must not reject this fact. A city without sports will never develop properly.

Author Bio: The author Adil Kaya is an avid blogger of repute. He is associated with writing as a freelancer on various topics for numerous online gaming sites. He shares his knowledge about www.bahis10.com. You can find his other writings about golf and any other sport on Google+ and twitter

How To: Get Set Up For A Successful Cycling Career

Cycling has become one of the more popular participant sports in the United Kingdom, largely due to the success of British cyclists in the world’s top professional events. This article gives beginners a few tips on how to start out in cycling.

Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular sport and fitness activity in the UK these days, with increasing numbers of people getting their bikes out onto roads and trails. An excellent way of losing weight, as well as building all-round physical condition, cycling is an accessible sport for beginners.

Get the Right Wheels

The most important requirement for any cyclist, is, of course, a bike. There are many affordable bikes now that will allow a beginner to get a good start in their cycling. There are also several different kinds of bike though, so make sure that you think carefully about where you will be using your bike before you make a choice. A mountain bike is a good all-round choice, as it can be used on the road, on the trail, or just to get around and is hard-wearing enough to cope with all three. Once you have got the right bike, you can start to look at clothing such as Gore bikewear.

Another basic requirement is a helmet. A cycling helmet can make a huge difference to your chances of sustaining serious injury in a crash and might even save your life. The days of riders wearing nothing on their heads, or simply wearing a cycling cap, are long gone. If you plan on travelling a reasonable distance

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in the course of your cycling, you must get a helmet, especially if you plan on negotiating roads that have busy traffic.

Gloves and Other Accessories


A decent pair of cycling gloves is also a good idea, especially if you want to avoid callouses on your hands. Spending a long time in the saddle means that your hands will be in contact with the handlebars for lengthy periods of time. This can cause irritation to patches of skin on your hands and it is a good idea to wear gloves to prevent this. Proper cycling gloves are purpose-made of the right materials and will also keep your hands cool in hot weather.

Other specialist cycling clothing can also be obtained as you improve. Rather than focusing on getting hold of premium Gore bikewear and similar at the start of your cycling career, simply look to wear comfortable sportswear. As you get more serious and successful, you can then begin to look at obtaining more specialist clothing.

So getting set up for cycling is relatively simple and inexpensive, as long as you stick to the basics. Do not try to get too serious too soon, but leave a little time to see how good you are and how enthusiastic you feel after a few weeks. If you are still buzzing, then that is a good time to look for premium gore bikewear and other more specialist kit.

Author Bio: Shannen is a cyclist from Devon, in England. She has competed to a good level of amateur racing in Europe and the UK. She now shares her expertise on matters such as premium Gore bikewear and other kit with a range of blogs and websites.

Manchester United to celebrate 20th league title in India with Dwight Yorke

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Ex-Red Dwight Yorke is all set to spearhead Manchester United’s 20th league title triumph in India by hosting #IAMUNITED, presented by Airtel, in New Delhi.

Following on from the success of its previous #IAMUNITED events in New York, Kuwait and Jakarta, the club has teamed up with Airtel, its official telecommunications partner in India, to bring the title celebration to India.

The fan party, which takes place on 12 May at Blue Frog, Mehrauli, will give some of the club’s 35 million Indian followers the chance to watch United collect the Premier League trophy after a screening of the home game against Swansea.

During #IAMUNITED, presented by Airtel, fans will also get the chance to meet three-time league winner Yorke, who is supporting the event. The ex-United striker will be sharing stories about his time at the club and what it feels like to lift the coveted trophy.

With 1,500 free tickets for the event to give away, the club is challenging the lucky fans who attend to create an atmosphere to challenge that at Old Trafford.

Over 48 million Indian fans tuned into a United game last season, but #IAMUNITED, presented by Airtel, will give them a unique way to watch their favourite team. Starting at 19:00 local time, fans will be treated to various pre- and post-match entertainment in the build-up to a momentous occasion for both the club and its supporters.

Fans wishing to apply for a ticket must visit manutd.com/iamunited between Monday 29 April and Tuesday 7 May, where they will be entered into a ballot. The 1,500 fans will then be selected at random.

Find more news and features from previous IAMUNITED events.

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Afridi and Gul may be dropped for Champions Trophy

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The Boom–Boom boy Shahid Afridi and pacer Umar Gul may be dropped from the team for ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England later this year. The senior most batsmen Younus Khan may also find it hard to make to the final squad due to poor performance in the recent past, and the Board is looking forward to bring in the young lads and fill in the spots for non performing players in the squad reveals board official. Non performance might also be the reason for Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul not making it to the final squad for the CT.

Tevez ordered to do community order

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City striker Carlos Tevez has been saved from going to jail but he was sentenced to perform 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty on Wednesday to 2 motoring offences. The Argentine has also been handed a six month driving ban and ordered to pay a fine 1145 pounds. He must do his community service within the next 12 months and his driving ban starts immediately.