4 Gadgets That Make Falling Asleep Easier

July 21, 2016  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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You’ve been thinking about hitting the sack all day. Your teeth are brushed, pajamas worn and you slip into your comfy bed. Then you toss and turn for the rest of the night until your alarm tells you it’s time to get up the next morning. If you struggle with falling asleep, you’re not alone, so do 60 million Americans, NPR reports. For some, it’s difficulty quieting their minds or finding comfort in their bed. For others, it’s the fear of their safety in their own homes or the over stimulation as a result of blue light. Luckily, in a world that revolves around technology, there is a gadget out there for everyone who struggles with falling asleep at night.

Portrait of a young girl sleeping on a pillow

Portrait of a young girl sleeping on a pillow

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5 Ways to Actually Create a Futuristic Home

February 23, 2016  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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Stop trying to have a more futuristic home. There is no try. Only do. Futuristic home design is smarter, more efficient and more sustainable than ever, and unlike the clunky sci-fi movies from the ‘70s, it is comfortable and minimalist. In the future, humans will find solutions to challenges like antimatter and space dust, but at the end of the day those geniuses will still feel the urge to wear sweatpants, put their feet up and ignore their doctor’s advice about eating red meat. So start transforming your home into a paradise straight from the future with this collection of tools and techniques.

Select the Right Location

In interior home design, as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Take a cue from Wired Magazine’s number-one most innovative city in the world: Los Angeles. Living in a city like LA will place you in the epicenter of intelligent design, from wirelessly linked LED streetlights to drought-resistant native landscapes. Use Rent.com to choose the most futuristic communities to live in LA.

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What’s Next in the Pixel Race?

October 21, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[Disclaimer: Content Provided by Guest Writer Susan Finch who is a freelance writer with a passion for travel and helping small businesses find their online voice through content marketing, blogging and beyond. She is an eclectic writer with more than 10 years of experience contributing to guidebooks, magazines, iPhone apps, online publications and more. Susan can be found at BySusanFinch.com.]

According to a report by CNN Money, the world’s first 8K TV will cost $133,000 when it goes on sale Oct. 30. The article points out that there really isn’t much 8K video to actually watch. With a standard resolution of 7680 x 4320, there are 38 million pixels on the screen and offers four times the resolution as its 4K TV predecessor.

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But despite a lack of current programming, IHS predicts shipments of 8K TVS to increase from 2,700 shipments this year to 911,000 by 2019 in time for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Japan is said to be actively backing 8K technology and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on board to broadcast the event in 8K.

Now that we’re facing a world of such ultra-high definition that we won’t even need 3D glasses, what does it mean for technology like 4K and SUHD? Here’s a look at the latest in pixel technology.

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Must-Have Tech With the Best Price & Warranties to Stay on a Budget

August 30, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[Disclaimer: Content Provided by Guest Writer Susan Finch, she is a freelance writer with a passion for travel and helping small businesses find their online voice through content marketing, blogging and beyond. She is an eclectic writer with more than 10 years of experience contributing to guidebooks, magazines, iPhone apps, online publications and more. Susan can be found at BySusanFinch.com.]

The need for moderately priced gadgets and better warranty coverage is on the rise. One-third of people have lost or damaged their smartphones, according to a mobile trends study by the online address book Plaxo, and 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports. While not every gadget offers a long-term warranty, there are useful and low-cost business devices that can help save you time and focus on your manufacturing business.

 

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Never be caught off-guard for a spontaneous meeting agaiasdfan. Tuck a Pico pocket projector in your jacket and connect to your laptop or smartphone to give a presentation. The projector runs $149 and up and can replace the need for expensive audio visual equipment for your next business meeting. A one-year warranty can can help repair the defected product for free or replace it outright. The relatively low cost of this handy gadget makes it easy to replace without the need to take out an expensive extended warranty.

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Safety Precautions for Using Cloud Storage

July 7, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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Cloud data storage and computing services have the potential to increase productivity exponentially for many people, but this fledgling technology does still have some risks. Data breaches can happen to anyone, and they do—Experian reports that nearly half of all organizations have suffered a data security incident within the last year.

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Protecting your data means using the cloud cautiously and safely. Here’s a look at what you can do to ensure your personal or business data stays secure.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note Series Gets an Upgrade

March 22, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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The Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s latest release, is easily one of the best phablets on the market. Designed to be the fastest, most responsive and easiest to use, the Galaxy Note 4 is quickly becoming the standard all future phablets will be judged against. Here are just a few features that make it stand out:

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Stylus

The Note 4 comes with a stylus that can be tucked away within the phone. It is the only mainstream device with a pen attachment of any kind, and it makes navigating, writing and drawing a breeze. It also lets you customize and choose from a quick use menu, which is accessible by just the touch of a button.

Display

With a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and an industry-leading resolution of 2560 x 1440p, the display is easily one of the best on the market. The pixel density soars over last year’s model to an impressive 515 ppi, which means your pictures and videos will be crystal clear, even at the highest resolution.

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Video Games: Digital Download vs. Hardcopy

December 9, 2014  |  Gaming, Guest Writers, Techie

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4291_shutterstock_187770899That 1978 song “Video Killed the Radio Star” sure had a point and makes us think about the recent physical vs. digital debate in the interactive entertainment industry. Sometimes media change is hard to deal with due to both cultural and technical factors. It has happened in most entertainment industries in the past two decades. As digital formats take over as the main content delivery system, some purists defend the physical format and claim that digital delivery will ruin the industry.

There is a hint of nostalgia for the old formats fueling their claims. As human beings, we are collectors by nature, and having a bookshelf full of CDs, DVDs, comic books, video games and books allow us to brag and to feel a sense of accomplishment (even if we have watched/listened/read only half of them). Remember how music CD aficionados cringed at the idea of digital-only collections? Or how DVD collectors suspiciously frowned upon Netflix? Having 16,000 songs on your iPod just doesn’t feel the same as having a gargantuan CD and LP collection, right?

However, anyone with a Netflix account, or similar, knows that watching the movie or TV show that you want, when you want it, is quite convenient. And what about digital and subscription music services like iTunes or Spotify? Digital delivery allows for more flexibility and freedom for the technically savvy and well-connected. After all, one of the promises of digital media is to render physical formats obsolete.

Well, video games are no exception. Some gamers feel proud about their collections and claim that having an enormous list of games on Steam just doesn’t feel quite the same. Several gaming companies are leaning heavily toward downloaded content, in fact the percentage of digital games to physical games (now up to 92 percent) rises every year. Though you can still stop by the store to pick up a physical disc, titles like the new Dragon Age: Inquisition are easily downloaded straight to your computer. For some hardcore gamers who fall into the older age bracket, this represents quite a paradigm shift. But the fact that games such as DAI is available for download at a standarized price, bypassing the middle-man (your local video game store) is quite significant in terms of industry and media change. There is now a direct link between publishers and consumers, which represents both a new revenue model and a paradigm shift in how we consume video games. In fact, gamers are already creating digital collections: it was recently revealed that 37 percent of the games downloaded on Valve’s Steam engine have never been played.

However, the concerns of those in #TeamPhysical are valid on a technical level. In order for the gaming industry to go fully digital worldwide, there are a few things that need to happen:

  • Broadband: the Internet needs to be widely spread across the globe. There is a misconception among U.S., Australian and European gamers that everyone has good Internet access. However, in order for the video game industry to go fully digital, strong broadband connections need to be the standard across the world.
  • Internet plans need to be uniformly speed-based, not data-allowance-based. Some countries like Australia determine monthly Internet fees based on the amount of data that you download and upload, not on the speed. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) need to standarize their model so all gamers can download games without concerns about surpassing the data allowance.
  • What about trading games? One of the most prominent cultural practices among gamers is exchanging games. Of course, digital formats make this a bit hard. The industry has to adopt models such as Amazon’s mechanism for lending and borrowing Kindle books.

As newer generations of gamers become the group with the most purchasing power, the physical and digital sides will continue to divide. Spoiler alert: digital will win.