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Thrustmaster launches $80 flight stick for Xbox One and PC

Above: The first HOTAS controller for Xbox One.

You can’t have idle hands if you keep them on your throttle and stick, and Thrustmaster wants to keep the devil away from your mitts if you play games on PC or Xbox One. The peripheral maker is launching the T.Flight Hotas One on October 7 for $80, and it is the first HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) controller that works with Microsoft’s home console. You can of course also use it with Windows 7, 8, or 10. That’s right, Vista — get the hell outta here!

Not a ton of Xbox One games are compatible with the T.Flight, but Thrustmaster is promising full compatibility out of the box with the space sim Elite Dangerous. Developer Frontier worked with Thurstmaster to ensure the joystick will immediately function with Elite Dangerous as part of a patch that rolled out on Xbox One today. Thrustmaster also partnered with Microsoft to design the T.Flight HOTAS One specifically for use with the console.

While the T.Flight is launching with Elite Dangerous in mind, it should work fine with any game that you want to try — especially since Xbox One has system-level button mapping. And since it is also compatible with PC, you can plug it into your Windows machine for even more HOTAS experiences.

Thrustmaster also claims that the T.Flight provides both realism and ergonomic play. It has wide hand rests so that you don’t feel like you’re gripping a toy and the plastic doesn’t dig into your palms. The joystick should always feel like the real thing, and it can also hold up to long play sessions out in the depths of space in terms of comfort. You can also detach the throttle, which is a signature feature of Thurstmaster’s HOTAS devices. This enables you to position each of the pieces of the T.Flight where they would go inside the cockpit you are trying to simulate.

Finally, the T.Flight HOTAS One is modular. You can pair it with other devices in Thrustmaster’s lineup, like the T.Flight Rudder Pedals.

BMW TALKS WIRELESS

BMW talks wireless charging for its EVs

BMW talks wireless charging for its EVs

We can all agree that one of the most annoying things about keeping modern gadgets topped off is having to mess with wires. This is one reason why smartphone makers like Apple are integrating wireless charging into their devices. The recently released iPhone 8 smartphone has wireless charging capability for instance. Perhaps even more annoying than plugging in gadgets is the need to plug in cars for EV drivers.

BMW wants to end that need to handle cords and charging manually. The company has a new video that explains wireless charging for its cars. This is hugely important for the autonomous EV future where there may not be a person around to plug the car in. BMW has announced that the new 5 Series plug-in hybrid will have an optional wireless charging system starting in 2018.

The BMW system is similar to wireless charging system used for phones and other devices on the market now. BMW will use a base pad with an integrated primary coil meant to be installed in a garage or outdoors. A secondary coil will be built into the bottom of the vehicle. The electricity will flow between the two wirelessly and can charge at 3.2 kW.

That is certainly much slower than the fastest plug-in chargers, but for a hybrid that doesn’t have a massive battery pack the charge time should prove usable. Word is that the battery in the 5 Series plug-in hybrid can recharge in about 3.5 hours at that rate. That car will have a 9.2 kWh battery pack and an electric driving range of 29 miles on battery alone.

The combustion engine in the car is a 2.0L turbo gas engine to keep you going after the electricity runs out. Presumably this wireless charging tech will make it into future BMW EVs and hybrids. With some tweaks for faster charging this could be a game changer for EV buyers.

MARK ZUCKERBERG DRESSES HORRIBLY

Zuckerberg in his classic uniform. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Let’s just say it: Mark Zuckerberg dresses horribly, and he should be ashamed every time he appears in public.

Here is a man in charge of the world’s most important social network — one that probably ended American democracy as we knew it! — and thanks to a general acceptance of his limp-ass techno-bro privilege, he gets away with wearing the same ugly T-shirt and jeans whenever he steps outside. It’s a uniform that says “I’m better than you,” an astonishing hubris in 2017 after his company has done so much to divide people. He should be prostrating himself, or at the very least conducting himself with a bit of humility — sartorially and in general.

But he’s not. On Monday, Zuckerberg met with civil servants, including Governor John Carney, in Delaware. He looked like an asshole:

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The T-shirt, we’d argue, communicates a lack of respect for the officials in the room. And of course, Zuck doesn’t respect them. His position is invariably that Facebook is a solution to any of the world’s greatest problems despite so much evidence otherwise.

Obvious example: The “Safety Check” feature he touts in this post as a way “to help keep our community safe” is perhaps more immediately recognizable as a malfunctioning panic-stoker. Another: The News Feed he champions for its “free flow of information” was harnessed by bad actors to influence the American election, which he refused to acknowledge until far too late.

Zuckerberg’s T-shirt and jeans are meant to say, “I have no one to impress.” A critical thinker knows they mean otherwise: This is a kid from Silicon Valley’s Neverland who doesn’t understand the grown people in collared shirts, or their constituents.

And his wardrobe is, as others have pointed out, worse than just immature or stupid: It’s emblematic of a system that lets men get away with whatever while women are held to a different standard. Consider this 2016 piece in which HuffPost‘s Emily Peck explains how Zuck’s awful clothes contrast with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s high-end wardrobe and styling:

Perhaps no two people better exemplify the double standard than the most well-known executives working at Facebook: cofounder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, known for wearing the same grey T-shirt and jeans every day, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who is typically seen perched atop towering high heels.

… their case highlights the fact that even in the tech world, where the concept of dressing down was invented, and even at Facebook, a progressive company run by a guy in jeans, women and men don’t quite play by the same rules.

So, we won’t belabor the point, but we will remind you that women continue to be dreadfully underrepresented in tech and underpaid overall.

Meanwhile, the ideals of a T-shirt clad bro, who doesn’t even seem to understand what his product is doing to the world, are given disproportionate weight. If he should ever run for office — a possibility, though we doubt it — remember, at least, all the times he was the arrogant kid in the room getting things wrong during this weird tour of the United States.

Eko Atlantic To Partner With Fine And Country

Eko Atlantic To Partner With Fine And Country To Showcase Eko Atlantic City In The UK

Eko Atlantic To Partner With Fine & Country To Showcase Eko Atlantic City In The UK | Eko Pearl Towers

The developers of Eko Atlantic City have partnered with Fine and Country West Africa for the Refined Investors Series 2017. This event will take place in London on October 6th and 7th of this year.

The 2017 edition of the Refined Investors Series is themed “Taking Nigeria to the World”, and thus Eko Atlantic City has been appropriately included in the lineup of showcases, which will hopefully bring in more investors and customers, from international investors to Nigerian expats.

Investing In Eko Atlantic Is A Great Idea According To Experts

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Real Estate Investing

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Real Estate Investing

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing is an investment strategy where an investor purchases property in order to earn a profit. In most cases, the investor will either rent out the property, or improve on it in order to resell it at a higher cost than it was purchase for. Real estate investing can be riskier than other investments since property cannot usually be sold quickly.

Advantages

Income Stream

If the property is easily convertible to rental units, the owner of the property can earn a steady income stream in the form of rent. Depending on the geographical location the property is located in, the earnings can be quite significant. For example, urban city centers or towns with colleges and universities tend to offer the highest income streams because the demand for rental units is always high.

Security

Owning property can offer the investor a sense of security because the value does not tend to fluctuate as much as other assets such as stocks and bonds. However, this does not mean that the investor will always break even or earn a profit on their investment. Although housing prices do not tend to fluctuate in the short term, they may increase or decrease in value in the longer term. Therefore, it is important for the investor to thoroughly research the area before making a purchase.

Self Occupation

Another reason why many investors are attracted to investing in real estate is because the property can be utilized by the investor. They can either live on the property while they fix it up, or they can be a live-in landlord and earn an income stream at the same time by renting out the other rooms.

Tax Shelter

Since tax laws on income properties vary depending on your jurisdiction, you should always be sure to thoroughly research it beforehand. However, it is very common for taxes on any gains to be deferred until you sell the property. For example, if a house appreciates in value from $250,000 to $300,000, the investor will not be required to pay the taxes on the extra $50,000 until the property is sold.
A model of a home sitting on top of money.

Disadvantages

Legal Difficulties

Investing in real estate has the potential of being very confusing because it requires that you are fully aware of the laws in each jurisdiction that you own property. Some jurisdictions may even enforce land ceilings which can make the investment risky. The legal difficulties can become much more complex if the investor is investing in commercial real estate.

Maintenance Cost

The cost of maintaining the property can cause the investor to lose money on the investment. In larger cities, property taxes can be so high that it will be very difficult to resell the house at a higher value.
If the owner of the property is renting out the units, maintenance costs can take large chunks out of the income stream. If the owner does not personally know the tenants before renting out the units, they run into the risk of renting the space out to someone who will not take care of the unit, causing the owner to put large sums of money into repairs. Furthermore, other costs such as electricity and heating will also add up.

Property Taxes

Before investing in real estate, the investor should always factor property taxes into their valuation of the property. In larger urban cities, property taxes can be significant and may cause the investor to lose a big chunk of their profit. Property taxes will vary depending on which city or state the property is purchased in. Therefore, the investor should always consult with city officials before investing in property.

Now selling: Prestigious Third Mainland Courts

THIRD MAINLAND COURTS is one of EUCHOMES LTD premium estate, situated in the heart of the most luxurious area of oworonshoki shore line viewing the  magnificent third mainland bridge, With a masterpiece thrilling features that encompasses residential, commercial, and recreational space, Third mainland courts is covered with a genuine supreme Court judgement title document, a deed of assignment signed by the paramount ruler of the land, with close boundaries to banana Island, the proposed mega city initiative by the Lagos state government recreation and leisure parks, package with world class entertainment and five star hotels.

Third mainland courts is a horizon for investment, it is currently selling for 20 million (400sqm), 30 million(600sqm), 40 million(800sqm) and 50 million (1000sqm) with a high level of return on investment, peace and serenity, accompanied by the free flow of traffic with the construction of the fourth lay-bys and oworo Highway project.

PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE

Our infrastructure meets the standard of modern technology with state of the art architectural design of:

  • A modern gate house
  • Automated gate
  • Solar electricity and sensor remote doors
  • Good paved interlocking road network
  • Underground sewage system
  • External perimeter fence
  • Street lights
  • CCTV surveillance cameras
  • Fibre optics
  • Shopping centres
  • Recreational parks
  • 24 hour armed security and a jetty for alternate and faster transportation to Victoria Island, banana Island, Ikoyi and other highbrow Island locations.

PROPOSED SERVICES

  • 24 hour backup electricity
  • Portable water supply

BENEFITS

  • Reclamation of the property
  • 500% return of investment(ROI)
  • Organised architectural layout that supports residential, commercial, educational and recreational project
  • Jetty
  • Free from Omo Onile

NEIGHBORHOOD /LOCATION ADVANTAGE

Third mainland courts is located at Oworonshoki Community oworo town, with a fantastic infrastructure and attractive investment in the most luxurious area of Oworonshoki, the project has close proximity to

  • Banana Island
  • Ikoyi
  • Victoria Island
  • Proposed mega city initiative by the Lagos state government
  • The third mainland bridge. etc.

PLOT SIZES

Third Mainland courts plot sizes are measuring from:

  • 400sqm per plot
  • 600 sqm per plot
  • 800sqm per plot
  • 1000 sqm per plot

PAYMENT PLAN FOR 400SQM

Outright payment plan: 20 million

5months payment plan
4 million monthly

10months payment plan
2million monthly

18months payment plan (27m)
1.5million monthly

24 months payment plan (30m)
1.250million monthly

30months payment plan (33m)
1.1million monthly

DEVELOPMENT LEVY 

4 million

TRANSFER OF TITLE FEE

2 million

INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES CHARGE 

To be determined later

PAYMENT PLAN FOR 600SQM

Outright payment: 30 million

5 months payment plan
6 million monthly

10 months payment plan
3 million monthly

18 months payment plan (36m)
2 million monthly

24 months payment plan (40.8m)
2.7 million monthly

30 months payment plan (45m)
1.5 million monthly

DEVELOPMENT LEVY 

4 million

TRANSFER OF TITLE FEE

2 million

INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES CHARGE 

To be determined later

PAYMENT BROCHURE FOR 800SQM

Outright payment plan: 40 million

5 months payment plan
8 million monthly

10 months payment plan
4million monthly

18months payment plan (45m)
2.5million monthly

24months payment plan (48m)
2million monthly

30months payment plan (54m)
1.8million monthly

DEVELOPMENT LEVY 

5 million

TRANSFER OF TITLE FEE 

3 million

INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICE CHARGES 

To be determined later

PAYMENT PLAN FOR 1000SQM

Outright payment plan: 50million

5months payment plan
10million monthly

10months payment plan
5million monthly

18months payment plan (54m)
3million monthly

24months payment plan (60m)
2.5million monthly

30months payment plan (69m)
2.3million monthly

DEVELOPMENT LEVY 

5 million

TRANSFER OF TITLE FEE 

3 million

INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICE CHARGES 

To be determined later

Contact Details

 Office Address: Suite E – 124/127, Road 2, Ikota Shopping Complex, V.G.C  Lekki- Ajah, Lagos
Nigeria

 sales@euchomes.com

 +234 817 194 7272, 0812 453 4229

 Our Office opening hours

  • Mondays: Fridays  9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Saturdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Sundays: 1.00pm (Inspections Only)

EUCHOMES LTD, MAKING YOUR DREAM HOME COME TRUE!!!

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