Online bingo is so popular that it’s almost caught up with poker as the most played online gambling game. The market in total is worth millions, and the reason that playing bingo online is now so big is that brands are constantly making the leap to have a more modern and technologically advanced game.
If you think back to a decade or so ago, when bingo halls were everywhere in large towns and cities, then the swift decline they faced when even the more technophobic people made the switch to video games, it’s a good job that bingo has made some strong foundations in the online market.
One of the things that brands are doing to make online bingo more social is by letting players add their webcams in to a chat system. Sites like www.bingocams.com have the players and even the callers’ faces in the chat section, which makes playing bingo at home feel a lot more like it used to back in the big bingo halls.
Despite this, webcam bingo is only available with a few brands. Is there a reason that webcam bingo isn’t as popular as you would expect?
What are the benefits?
While there is no way that playing via webcam will improve or decrease your chances of winning, there are many positive social aspects to this little extra perk of the game. As mentioned before, it adds a big change to people who were just playing on their won at home. This was considered to be one of the worst parts of online bingo when it first started. There was a fundamental lack of trust in who they were playing with and who was deciding the numbers. With the webcams added, players have the assurance they they’re actually facing real people and not some robots who will take your money every time you play.
Finding ways to make players feel like they’re part of a community is no mean feat. It has been widespread opinion until very recently, with many industry experts, players and filmmakers saying that bingo halls and bingo are dying, and with them, the bingo community. Any attempt to revive that once thriving culture can only be seen as a good thing and Bingocams certainly gives it a go.
How can it be improved?
There are no ways yet that we can see will improve the state of online bingo and the communities around it. There are virtual reality heads sets being developed that could see players sat in virtual bingo halls in the future, although this is still in development so even when it does come out, the price will be a high premium. It could be another ten years before things like this are readily available to the regular bingo playing public.
September 30, 2013 – 10:58 AM - | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »
When the time comes to get in the car and head to Detroit, it’s usually for one of two reasons, either a concert, or wrestling event. On September 15th it was the latter of the two, WWE was in Detroit for not only an event, but a Pay-Per-View event, Night of Champions.
Being part of the WWEMoms, I was thrilled when WWE allowed me to not only take my entire family to Night of Champions, but also bring 34 of my friends as well! Everyone who accompanied us was so excited to go, and we brought all families with us. Moms, Dads, Kids…. All families, all having an amazing time cheering on their favorite wrestlers! If you don’t believe WWE is family friendly entertainment, you’ve never been in a packed arena with tons of families and kids around you, all enjoying each others company while having a great time.
I won’t bore you with the matches, the outcomes, by now, if you’re a wrestling fan you already know what happened. When we got to the arena we walked around outside for a bit, took photos of the trucks with all of our favorite superstars plastered all over the outside, and waited to get in. Unfortunately my ritual stalking didn’t happen, it was raining, the wrestlers were not coming outside in the rain, and my youngest daughter was bored to tears just waiting in the rain for SOMEONE to come out and say hi… BUT, even waiting in the rain, I was so stoked, I would finally be able to get the t-shirt i’ve been waiting on for MONTHS!! One of my favorite tag teams right now are the Prime Time Players especially Titus O’Neil, and I was so looking forward to taking my Zack Ryder shirt off and putting a brand spanking new Prime Time Players shirt on for the event. However, my dreams were crushed… Merchandise had no Prime Time Players shirts, what?!?! They were wrestling that night, in fact they were wrestling to be the #1 contenders for the Tag Team Championship match, but no t-shirt? My oldest daughter was hoping to get a Kofi Kingston shirt, but there wasn’t one of those either. We were both heartbroken.
So, A little note to WWE, please, carry the merchandise for those wrestlers that are actually wrestling at your event, we would love to cheer on our favorite superstars while they wrestle WITH their t-shirts on!
On that note, I’d also like to recommend that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have a t-shirt available that says “Best For Business” because I’d sure as heck buy one.
WWE events are such a thrill, such an experience, even if you’re not a ‘hardcore’ WWE wrestling fan, take the step to go to a live event, it is so much fun in person, there’s so much fan interaction that if you were not a huge wrestling fan before you went to a live event, I BET you when you leave one, you will be!
One of the other thrills of the night besides watching the amazing matches from some great seats, was the fact that I was able to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless. Verizon loaned me the camera specifically for the WWE event. I was SO excited to try this camera out, I’ve been wanting to check it out for almost a year now, when I first heard about the camera, I was excited. I’ve always wanted a DSLR but price #1 it’s way too much for me to think about spending on a camera, and #2 I could never take my DSLR into arenas and events, they’re just not allowed.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless allows me to take high quality photos (and videos), zoom in to the ring when I’m at a wrestling event, and all in a smaller sleeker size than a large clunky DSLR. It also comes with 4G LTE data services from Verizon, so when I take photos, I can upload directly to Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram! All of the photos in this post, all taken with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
Sharing your photos, sharing your life, has never been easier! The Samsung Galaxy Camera is like a phone, or, rather more like a tablet the way it functions because although the screen and size of the camera is like a phone, it cannot make phone calls. So why the camera instead of just using your cell phone to take photos? Here’s the difference…..
The Samsung Galaxy Camera captures images with a 16 MP camera and a very powerful 21x optical zoom. Check out the two photos I took below. #1 is a photo from our seats, without a zoom, #2 is a fully zoomed in photo… Can your cell phone camera do that? I know mine can’t!
The amount of questions and compliments I got on my photos through the event was nuts, even strangers asked me, is that a phone or a camera? What is that? The photos your taking are amazing!! I had to take a break from photos for a few seconds to explain to the onlookers what exactly I had, and how it worked. When I was able to show them how I could instantly get on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to share them right that second, they were in awe! Not only were the photos amazing, but Verizon’s 4G LTE service worked and let me share photos instantly even when fellow fans sitting just across from me had absolutely no service on their cell phones with different carriers.
Features on the Samsung Galaxy Camera include:
– Share photos and video with friends or to social media over 4G LTE.
– 21x optical-zoom lens performs better than your average smartphone camera.
– 15 smart modes to capture the perfect photo, whether it is a person, landscape, panorama, waterfall, sunset or fireworks.
– Preserve your favorite moments in vivid detail with 16-megapixel images and 1080p HD video.
– Optical-image stabilization keeps the action in focus.
– The 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and built-in editing tools help you put the finishing touches on your media.
Included In The Box
– Samsung Galaxy Camera™
– Wall/USB Charger
– Quick Start Guide
– Standard Lithium Ion Battery
– Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
– Quick Reference Guide
– Wrist Strap
Although the camera can be a bit overwhelming at first, which I’ll admit, only having the camera for a few days I didn’t even begin to discover all the things I could do with it, Verizon Wireless helps you out with step by step directions and helps you get to know your device. With the different modes, and settings I couldn’t get around to checking them all out just in a few days. The mode I really wanted to play with was the Food mode to help me take those new recipes pics for my blog, but I didn’t get to get that far with it.
Not only are the photos this camera takes amazing, but so are the videos as well. You can take a look at Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan short video clip HERE.
I fell in love hard for the Samsung Galaxy Camera! So much so, that hubby has agreed to purchase one for me!
The camera itself retails for $549.99 and can be connected to WIFI, or added to your current Verizon Share Everything plan for just $5 a month, this way you always have access to the instant sharing and backup photo capabilities. Well worth it!!
If you have never checked out the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I suggest that you head to your nearest Verizon Wireless store and give it a look, the price is right for all of the camera you get!
If you’d like to see more of the videos and photos I ended up taking with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, feel free to view the over 600 photos I took – Night Of Champions Album.
I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – additionally I was provided with no compensation for the Galaxy Camera from Verizon – all opinions expressed here are my own.
September 25, 2013 – 11:38 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Reviews, technology, Wrestling, WWE | 9 Comments »
Ever get a wiff of someone’s perfume and think to yourself “Yuck, that smells like an old person’s perfume”! Maybe you can think of that fragrance your grandmother wore, and when she gave you the same fragrance for Christmas you kept it in in the box for years, unopened because you were just too ‘young’ to smell like that.
Thing is, as we get older things change, our looks, our style, and that includes the fragrance we wear. Let’s face it, remember that perfume you swore you’d wear forever because it smelled just AMAZING when you were 16? Are you wearing that same perfume now? Let’s face it, that cheap perfume we wore then, isn’t nearly the same scent as the one we’re wearing today.
There is the right perfume for your age, read below to find out what you should be wearing and which perfume scent is the right one for you.
Young, free, and full of life! Teens are one in their own, they want to express themselves and be fun. For teens, something light, airy and fruity is the best way to go. A lot of the celebrity or name brand perfumes fit teens very well. Britney Spears, Juicy Couture, these are teen types of perfumes.
You’ve stepped into you own, you’re on your way to adult hood and are getting rid of that ‘teen style’. Try alluring, fresh fragrances. They still give you that young, youthful feeling, but with a hint of maturity.
Your style has evolved, your tastes have evolved, so why not evolve your scent. You need something a little more than just airy and fruity, something with more maturity but a little less than what your grandmother would be wearing. Burberry is a great example of a women’s perfume for the 30s, 40s and 50s age group.
Ladies in their 60s and up, love to have a fragrance that gives them class, style, and sophistication. They lean more towards floral scents, which can be timeless and have been a favorite of many woman from years past, and for years to come. Fragrances such as Tabu and Sung are a great choice.
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September 18, 2013 – 10:20 PM - | Posted in beauty | No Comments »
Walmart graciously helped bring reading to the students of this school along with We Give Books, Pearson Foundation and the WWE by donating over 500 copies of Otis to Dresden Elementary in Sterling Heights Michigan.
It was great to see the kids excited not only about the WWE Superstars, but about the story and activities as well! Children’s Literacy is just one of the other things that the WWE and their superstars are passionate about. Throughout the year the WWE works with We Give Books and the Pearson Foundation to travel to schools and visit with kids to get them excited about reading, along with a super reading challenge during Wrestlemania time!
During the month of October, you and your kids can join in the fun and read Otis with the WWE Superstars and children and parents from around the world! We Give Books and the world are coming together to show their support for early childhood literacy.
How would you and your children like to help set a record by joining in on the Otis Book Parade?
The Otis Book Parade is a free digital book club for kids, leading up to Read for the Record on October 3rd. Each week there will be special books featured on the We Give Book’s library, along with activities that highlight the values exemplified by Otis. When children join the club and say “I’m with Otis” they are learning the value of being friendly, helpful, hard working and thoughtful to others.Help support Jumpstart’s work to ensure that children across the county enter school prepared to succeed… Click here to join the Otis Book Parade today and don’t forget to read Loren Long’s Otis with us on October 3, 2013!
I asked both Hornswoggle and Brodus Clay about why they think it’s important to give back to the younger fans and take part in programs like the Reading Celebration and Be A Star.
I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – all opinions expressed here are my own.
September 17, 2013 – 3:53 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | 2 Comments »
When trying to burn the fat that’s preventing some women from being able to slink into those skinny jeans, it’s usually cardio or yoga that come to mind first. However, fitness experts such as David Lader suggest weight training is the most effective way to shed fat and get lean. While some moms may be afraid of looking too bulky with the extra muscle, there are ways to utilize strength training so that you aren’t looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Strength training is usually associated in some minds as power lifting that requires using bench press machines and heavy dumbbells, but that’s not the case here. When you think about it, yoga is a similar practice since you are required to support your body’s weight using different poses to strengthen varied muscle groups. This leads to a strength building as well.
Both yoga and strength training are able to tone muscles and increase definition, but yoga is more of an expertise that takes a lot of time to perfect–time you may not have as a mom.
Strength training will build the muscle that turns your body into a fat-burning furnace. You will see your body become more lean in a shorter amount of time. Also, an added bonus is that more muscle allows you to eat more since strength training burns more calories!
The 10 Minute Workout
Here is an exercise you can fit into your mommy schedule and see results within weeks!
To do this exercise, slide from the edge of a chair with your hands placed adjacent to your hips. Then, slide yourself off of the chair and keep your arms bent at a right angle. Push yourself up using the chair as a base without having your bottom touch the ground around 10 times.
You can do this with weights that you feel comfortable with (5-10 pounds, usually). Stand yourself in front of the same chair that you used in the dips, then squat down with your feet spread apart under your hips, and have your bottom just touch the chair and stand back up. Do this around 12 times.
Lie down on your back and put the bottom of your feet together. Keep your head from touching the ground by placing your hands behind it. Then lift yourself up in a sit-up type motion 10 times.
Lie like you would in a sit-up position with your back flat and your legs bent at the knees. Then, place your right ankle over the left leg. Take your left hand, put it behind your head and raise your left arm and shoulder to the right knee 10 times and then do the same with the other side.
You can do this with your knees touching the ground or not, it’s up to your strength and comfort levels. Do 10-12 of these push-ups.
It’s easiest to do this with a stair, but there are step-up platforms that you can buy as well. Step on the platform one foot at a time with your left foot going first, then the right. Step back down with the right foot first, then the left. After that switch it to the right foot going up first and change it every step-up. Do this a dozen times and add small weights in your hand to build strength.
This will take around 10 minutes and give you a stronger feeling after just one workout. Within weeks, you will surely be able to drop a dress or pants size! Try it out and keep a journal to assess results.
September 17, 2013 – 9:35 AM - | Posted in fitness, health | 1 Comment »