Roger Federer News: Interview with Credit Suisse

Roger Federer Interview

“You gotta have that fighting spirit, that will to win. I was not that super talented 10, 14 or 16, I was talented and I was good. Until 15, 16 I was just a decent junior, I was able to win junior Wimbledon in 98 and from then on it all took off and I believed I could beat top 100 players and everyone was talking you becoming world number 1.

My idols to me were so important growing up, to see Becker, Egberg and Sampras. I wanted to be like them, I never thought I would be.

Practice to me was so not necessary, I changed my mind by now because I know going to the weights room is not for the looks but getting stronger. For me that was hard in the beginning, just like wrapping my mind around whats really important in life. I feel there is so much more to achieve for me.

For me are very important are the short term goals, then the long term are where I want to be in 6 months time; because if you never set goals you can never question yourself because you just move from one to the next and say everything is going to be okay. The best thing that I have done in the last 10 years is question myself at the best of times. When things are going great what more can I do?”

Watch the Roger Federer video to see the rest of the interview.

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iPad Air & iPad Mini Announced by Apple, Replaces iPad 4

iPad Air & iPad Mini Feature Stunning Retina Display & 64-bit Apple-designed A7 Chip

Apple® today announced iPad Air™, the latest generation of its category defining device, featuring a stunning 9.7-inch Retina® display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad®, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. Apple today also announced iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.

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“iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air with its 9.7-inch Retina display weighs just one pound and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world.”

Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient A7 chip allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24 percent from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life.¹

The new iPad mini with Retina display packs all the 3.1 million pixels (2048-by-1536 resolution) of iPad Air into its 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, for a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The 7.9-inch Retina display of iPad mini is 35 percent larger than screens on 7-inch tablets, and is the only small tablet to deliver the full iPad experience, now with razor sharp Retina quality. Images are crisp, text is crystal clear, movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad work automatically.

The A7 chip in iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display offers 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing from previous generations. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance on iPad Air, and up to four times the CPU and eight times the graphics performance on iPad mini with Retina display, almost everything you do is faster and better than ever, from launching apps and editing photos to playing graphic-intensive games—all while delivering all-day battery life. The A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture and support for OpenGL ES version 3.0 unlocks game console-like visual effects. The new iPads also feature the M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.

Both new iPads feature two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance to iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display at a blazingly fast data rate up to 300 Mbps.² Cellular models also come with expanded LTE coverage to accommodate even more LTE networks worldwide, while continuing to deliver comprehensive support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+), all in a single model.³

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display now have a next generation FaceTime® HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors featuring larger pixels for better low-light performance. The iSight® camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, combined with iOS 7 and the image signal processing of A7, further improves still image and video capture on iPad bringing faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom, better dynamic range and automatic image and video stabilization.

The new iPads come with iOS 7, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and introduces iTunes Radio℠, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes®.⁴

iPad customers have access to the revolutionary App Store℠, which now offers more than one million apps to iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, and more than 475,000 apps are designed specifically for iPad. More than 60 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, which offers customers an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including newspapers and magazines in Newsstand, games and entertainment, kids, education, business, news, sports, health and fitness and travel.

The iLife® suite of creative apps, including iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, and the iWork® suite of productivity apps, including Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® are essential to the Apple experience and are now free with every new iOS device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users, so more iPad users now have access to these great apps. All apps have been redesigned to match the look and feel of iOS 7, have been optimized to support 64-bit technology and include hundreds of new features.

iPad Air Pricing & Availability

iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space gray starting on Friday, November 1, for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model and $799 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available starting on Friday, November 1 for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model, $829 (US) for the 64GB model and $929 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad 2 is available at $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for either AT&T or Verizon.

iPad Mini Pricing & Availability

iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November in silver or space gray. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 32GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 32GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is now offered at a more affordable price of $299 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

New custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available for $39 (US) in a range of vibrant colors, including blue, green, pink, yellow, black and (RED). iPad Air Smart Cases and iPad mini Smart Cases are completely redesigned in a beautiful aniline-dyed leather available in six rich colors, including yellow, beige, blue, brown, black and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) for iPad Air and $69 (US) for iPad mini. Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers.

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be sold through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Starting on November 1, iPad Air will be available in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. At Apple retail stores in these countries, iPad Air will be available beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, November 1.

Halloween & the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is getting close & preparations are in full swing for many people. What are the reasons behind the Halloween spirit?

Halloween is not far away now. Only weeks before you can dress up in scary Halloween costumes, go trick or treating and celebrate with a Halloween party. But where does all the Halloween tradition come from?

Halloween Spirit

Halloween is a mixture of traditions from different cultures and religions. The name itself, Halloween, is a modern word playing on the original phrase ‘All Hallow’s Eve’.

All Hallow’s Eve marks the end of the Celtic year. Legend has it that it is the evening when the Halloween spirit of anyone who had passed away that year returned to try to possess the body of the living.

To ward off the Halloween spirit, people would wear scary Halloween costumes and masks in an attempt to frighten away the Halloween spirits.

Apple bobbing is a much loved Halloween party game that many will play at Halloween 2011. It is thought to date back to Roman times when their Goddess of Fruit, Pomona, was celebrated in October. Her symbol was an apple.

Halloween trick or treat is thought that have evolved out of a Christian custom in Europe called souling. Christians would knock on doors and pray for any dead relatives in return for a ‘soul cake’.

Pumpkin carving is another tradition that has it’s roots in Europe. There is a folk tale in Ireland that tells of a man called Jack. A bit of a ‘jack the lad’ and a trickster, it’s told he once even managed to trap Satan in a tree.

When Jack died he was refused entry into Heaven because of his bad behavior and Satan, obviously not best pleased at being tricked, refused him entry into hell.

However, he did give him a single ember to light his way in the darkness. Jack placed the ember into a turnip to make it last.

For Halloween 2011 of course we will carve out pumpkins, but originally it was the plentiful turnip that had that honor.

Halloween Decorations

Halloween decorations come in all shapes and sizes of course. Here are some that we came across in our research that you could try for your Halloween 2011 party.

Halloween Costumes for Kids

We found some great Halloween costumes for kids that are available for you to buy today.

Adult Halloween Costumes

Now lets take a look at the adult Halloween costumes, time for the adults to get their spook on.

What ever you are doing for Halloween, enjoy yourself and stay safe.

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Prince William and Kate Expecting Their First Baby

William and Kate are expecting their first baby confirms the Palace. No one knows yet whether it will be a boy or a girl.

Whatever the sex of the Royal couples new baby, thanks to a recent change in the rules allowing female first born to become Queen, they will be 3rd in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. Kate was last seen in public last week when visiting her old school near her family home in Berkshire.

It is understood that Kate is being looked after in a private hospital after suffering with very bad morning sickness that requires supplements and care over hydration.

In a statement the Palace said that,

“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

It is understood that members of the Royal Family were told earlier in the day about the news.

President Obama sent congratulations on hearing the news,

“We extend our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the welcome news we received from London that they are expecting their first child.”

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David Beckham Leaves LA Galaxy on High After MLS Cup Win

David Beckham guides LA Galaxy to a second successive MLS Cup win in his last game in the MLS.

David Beckham wanted to sign off from the MLS in style and he managed it after guiding LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo.

LA Galaxy fell behind to a goal by Houstons Calen Carr but equalized when Omar Gonzalez scored from a header.

Then came 2 penalties for LA Galaxy, one converted by Landon Donovan and the other by Robbie Keane after he was tripped in the penalty box during overtime.

The 3-1 victory saw LA Galaxy win the MLS Cup for the successive seasons and gave David Beckham the send off he wanted as he contemplates his future in Soccer. He left the field in the 93rd minute to the LA Galaxy fans chants of “Thank you Beckham”.

David Beckham summed up his feelings,

“This is a very special place for me and it will continue to be. I am happy to have been part of this club for six years and I am grateful to have been successful for the last four years. I am sad this is the end.”

A whole host of clubs are now chasing the Beckham signature including big names from the European leagues. They know that they not only get a soccer player but a brand name like no other.

If anything, brand Beckham is stronger now than at anytime in the past with Victoria Beckham also enjoying a wave of success in the fashion world. David Beckham still pulls the fans and media to him like no one else.

[learn_more caption=”Who Is David Beckham?”] David Beckham is from East London, England (now known as the area that hosted the 2012 London Olympics) and his soccer career started when he won a place in the Bobby Charlton Soccer School after via a skills competition. This led to a place in the Manchester United youth scheme and David Beckham went on to play for the first team winning the league for the first time in 26 years and a dramatic European Cup win in extra time. David Beckham captained his country and played in the World Cup and European Championships. He won the Spanish league while at Real Madrid and the American league with LA Galaxy. He married the Spice Girl, Victoria, and they have had 3 sons and 1 daughter. The Beckhams are known all over the world as style icons, global superstars and David Beckham even has a statue in a Thai monastery.[/learn_more]

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