A Handy Guide To Your First PC Gaming Setup

Console gaming has had its peak, and now PC gaming is what everyone’s talking about. Like a lot of people, you may have finally taken notice of all the hype, and abandoned console gaming for a PC setup. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as walking into a store and asking for a gaming PC. Buying or building a gaming PC can be pretty complex, especially for newcomers. To make the whole process simpler, here’s a brief guide to your first setup.

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The first thing to consider when you’re buying a PC gaming setup is the kinds of games you intend to play on it. While any gaming PC will do a better job than a conventional one, there are certain finer points which can make a lot of difference to your gaming experience. If you’re crazy for FPSs, then you’ll probably want to put more emphasis on graphics as opposed to CPU performance. However, if you’re more into RTS and other strategy genres, then you’ll want to go for a better CPU, capable of processing the AI more quickly. Of course, many modern releases have blurred the lines between genres, and you may not even have a go-to PC game yet. If this is the case, then you should go for a balance between graphics quality and speed.

Unless you’re going to be playing exclusively retro games, then the graphics card you buy is going to be a big decision. This will dictate the quality of display you can have, and have a massive impact on your overall gaming experience. It’s a good rule to carve off about a third of your overall budget and set this aside for your graphics card. Every new title that’s released generally has a higher demand for graphics quality, and buying the latest generation you can afford will ensure that you can keep up. I’m sure you don’t want to scrimp on the graphics card and only be able to enjoy it for a few months. Once you buy your card, just make sure you’re tinkering with the settings to get the most out of it. I’m always amazed when someone spends a grand on an incredibly high-quality graphics card, but then runs all of their games at default settings.

Finally, think about your peripherals. The basic tower hardware of a gaming PC will push you in the right direction. After that though, you’ll need a gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, and a high-quality headset to go with it. To the inexperienced gamer, these accessories might seem like unnecessary money. Once you try them out and get used to them though, you’ll certainly change your tune! Gaming mice are far more comfortable to hold, and come with several extra buttons which you can program for different commands. This means you can shave valuable seconds off of throwing grenades or reloading in FPSs. Mechanical keyboards offer a wide range of keys, which put up different levels of resistance depending on the games you like to play. You don’t have to spend a fortune here, but you do have to move on from your standard peripherals!

 

Easily Revive Your Lost Data

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The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an awesome tool to have in the arsenal of every computer owner. Ever lost an email filled with vital information? Maybe you downloaded a program from the web and can’t find it anywhere on your computer? Or how about that really cool ringtone for your phone? You know the one that is there, somewhere on your computer, but you just don’t know where.

That’s a simplification of the data this tool can locate on your computer and restore for you, but you get the picture. This free data recovery software is easy to install and use for all of your computer data recovery and restoration needs. After installation, a window pops up that scans the computer, then displays sections like photos, audio(music), graphics, documents, video, and emails. You pick the section you wish to scan and it goes through generating a list of the contents for that area. The process is relatively quick and pain-free. Once you find the lost data, you can have it restored to be usable again.

I used the program to recover a deleted email containing information from my boss. I did not want to call him and say that I had lost the info, so this free recovery software saved my bacon! You can recover 500 MB of data for free, then you can upgrade to the paid version for long term benefits.

Some of the more common situations where the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard would be really helpful are a virus attack, formatted hard drive, OS crash or error, a partition loss, a RAW partition and many more problems. Think of this as a terrific peace of mind that you have at the ready so that if things go wrong with your computer’s data, the recovery wizard is there to save the day-ta.

Download the program and give it a try. I think you’ll find that it is a product worth owning long term.

Monetization Strategy: Are You Using These 3 Top Strategies?

3 Tips for Successful Monetization Strategy

Successful monetization for app development requires the right strategy. This doesn’t only include employing the best marketing strategies, but also knowing which marketing pitfalls to avoid. For instance, one of the biggest mistakes that many app developers make is waiting too long before they get involved in marketing and not planning their apps release date in advance.

With that in mind, the following are three tips you can employ as an app developer to help develop a successful monetization strategy.

1 – Decide if you’re going to go the paid or the free route. The monetization strategy that you would employ if you were to launch a paid app for iOS is different compared to launching a free app for Apple users. The most obvious reason is a paid app brings you in money each time a user downloads your product while a free app requires in-app advertising or some other form of advertising for you to generate revenue. Knowing if your app will be paid or free will start you off on the right marketing path right from the beginning.

2 – Have a monetization plan. If you’re going the free route, before you even launch your product, have an idea as to how you’re going to make money off it. If you’re new to the industry and you’re not entirely sure what’s best for your app, it’s a good idea to seek the help of an app advertisement platform, which can help you discover the different ways that you can monetize, the different tools that are available, and how to distribute your app in a way that makes the most sense to your specific brand.

3 – Freemium often works best. Although not the only free app method, freemium tends to work well for many mobile applications. For instance, examples of freemium products that work well are mobile games. Freemium games enable users to download a game free. However, if they want to enjoy a premium feature (ex. extra level, bonus content, the full game with no ads, etc.) they will need to pay for it.

Know your target audience and understand them and you’ll find the best monetization strategy.

 

 

Is Online The New Home Of Casinos

When it comes to gambling, there are mainly two ways that you can do it. You can either head down to your local betting shop or casino for a great time gambling away at the slot machines and table games, or you can head online, put a deposit in and get gambling without even getting off of your sofa. Now, the evolution of the internet, better graphics and high quality sounds, online casinos are becoming a much easier way of gambling, leading people to think that online is the new home of casinos.

When it comes to playing on an online casino, the experience is becoming even more immersive by the year. Now, with the increase in the number of casino games and the excitement of an online live casino, you can now get a very similar experience at home to a bricks and mortar casino. Whether you’re on the morning commute, or you’re sitting at home at the weekend, you can play on an online casino no matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection.

Online casinos also offer a huge range of games, usually all located in one place, so you don’t have to go searching for all of the best games in a bricks and mortar casino. On top of this, return to player rates are also published quite clearly in most online casinos, so you can tell whether it’s worth playing to win before you even give it a go. Another of the best parts of an online casino is the fact that you can play without even putting down a penny. Although you might get free spins on a slot machine in a bricks and mortar casino, there more than a few when it comes to gambling on an online casino. Some people have even managed to win money without even putting a penny down.

Depositing money is as easy and simple as clicking a button when it comes to an online casino, and the withdrawals online mean you don’t have to wait in a queue. Although each casino differs in the amount of time it takes for a withdrawal, it can take up to a few hours or a few days. All online casinos are protected by the highest level of encryption technology, and other safety measures, so you can be sure that all of your money is safe, at all times.

While the convenience of online casinos really does appear to take the helm, there are more benefits to a country’s economy when it comes to land-based casinos. Not only do they create many thousands of jobs in each casino, the tax that an online casino has to pay can really boost the country’s economic factor. However, the convenience and usability of an online casino has really become to move to putting the home of casinos online. Visiting a bricks and mortar casino is great fun, and it is not something that should ever be missed, but you can play all of the games on an online casino every day of the week, no matter where you are.

 

5 of the Best Games Featuring Animals

The UK is renowned as a nation of animal lovers, particularly when it comes to dogs and cats. This passion for animals has been translated into popular culture, from television and movies to video games.

More recently, we have also seen a rise in the number of animal-themed online games, across PC platforms and online casinos. These are usually free-to-access and offer a host in-game purchase options, while they tend to be incredibly fun, interactive and immersive.

5 of the Best Games Featuring Animal Themes and Characters

The sheer range of animal games available is vast, however, meaning that it can be difficult to select your favourites. Here are our top five picks from the current selection: –

5. Sushi Cat

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Our lead character is an extremely cute but insecure cat, who thinks he is too small to achieve his goals in life. This is before he discovers sushi, however, and your task as a player is to fill him with his favourite dish to ensure that he can grow in size! You will probably get a taste for sushi too while enjoying this breathtakingly simple game!

4. Penguin Vacation

The Penguin Vacation is a popular online slot game that is one of Playtech’s cutest and most engaging titles, as you join the lead character and his family on their holiday. The game has a host of delightful features and diversity too, while there are 20 reels, multiple bonuses and a host of lucrative multipliers!

3. Rocket Panda

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From penguins to pandas, out next game is fast, furious and exceptionally exciting! It is also vaguely Japanese, as you take your opportunity to strap rocket packs on bears, fly through visually stunning lands and enjoy delicious biscuits (with green tea, course). Not for the feint-hearted, this is truly a game that players of all ages can enjoy!

2. Challenge Accepted

We now return to more domesticated animals, with cats starring in the fascinating Challenge Accepted game. Take on multiple challenges with your cat character has you progress through video game-style levels, and be prepared to show fast hands and fingers if your are to succeed and conquer the world.

1. Panda’s Big Adventure

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At number one is our favourite, snarky creature in the whole of the gaming realm. Panda’s Big Adventure sees this lovable character embark on a creative and inspiring adventure, in a title that combines fun, excitement and surprisingly sharp dialogue. Particularly suitable for older players, this provides a fun experience that is hard to beat!

 

Drones, Ferrets and M&Ms

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has come up with a plan to save the endangered black-footed ferret population. Numbering at less than 300 nationwide, these little guys are dying from the disease Sylvatic plague, transmitted by fleas that bite prairie dogs, the ferrets main food source. There is a vaccine available to prevent this disease in the ferrets and the USFWS has come up with a plan to get it into the ferrets.

Initially, the vaccine was hand-scattered via food pellets in the area where the ferret population was greatest in the state of Montana. Finding this effort to be overly time-consuming and really hit and miss, a call was put out for better ideas. Here’s what they have decided to do. You’ll love this, trust me.

The plan is to put the vaccine in peanut butter, which apparently ferrets love to eat. The peanut butter will be smeared all over a big batch of M&Ms. The M&Ms will then be loaded up into a modified gumball shooting device that will be attached to a GPS-enabled drone. Yes, a drone!  The drone will be able to cover about a 30-foot area at a time, carpeting the black-footed ferret territory with sweet and sticky portable vaccine candy. There’s nothing better than free food. I have two favorite sayings. Why not choose free food and why not choose free bingo?

According to reports, the ferrets will eat some candy on the spot. Then they will pouch some to take back to their burrows where it will be shared with all the relatives. Any peanut butter that sticks to their fur will be groomed off and eaten later. Is this not a clever plan? Who else wants to be the drone operator on this job? I certainly do!

Stay Safe With The Sharktivity App

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Yes, there really does seem to be an app for just about everything now. My husband discovered the Sharktivity app the other day. He explores his cellphone for unusual apps like I explore bingo sites on my tablet. The Sharktivity app allows you to report a shark sighting and see recently reported sightings along the northeastern seaboard. On the website, there is an interactive map that displays a shark fin logo over areas where sightings have been made.

Created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in collaboration with Cape Cod National Seashore, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and local officials, this app hopes to protect both the sharks and the people who use the waterways in this area. Shark researchers noted 141 different great white sharks  near Cape Cod in the past year. The increasing seal population in the area seems to be attracting more sharks. Experts predict the number of shark attacks worldwide to increase this year. Use of the app is yet another tool that can educate people about shark movements and possibly avoid places where sharks are currently active.

Seems like a great idea on the surface. You wouldn’t want to take the kids to a beach where a shark was sighted yesterday. On the other hand, this app could lead to shark hunters abusing the sightings to aid in catching sharks for profit or fun. Overall, the benefits win out, as researchers can use the information to track shark habits along the eastern seaboard and learn more about their travel and activities. So, the next time you find yourself planning a trip to the seaside in Massachusetts, download this app and look for the telltale fin.

Streaming Nerd TV

Have you heard about CuriosityStream yet? It’s a streaming channel of on demand nonfiction documentaries . A subscription service that runs ad-free, you are presented with the choice of over 1,500 documentaries and nonfiction series to watch whenever you like, with no recording or scheduling. Everything is readily available to view.

What nerd or geek isn’t thrilled at a whole new batch of documentaries to watch? I was delighted to learn of this service! Prior to hearing about CuriosityStream, I had given up on TV and switched to online only. I love to try free bingo sites instead of randomly clicking through TV channels. CuriosityStream was launched in March 2015 by John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Channel. The streaming service went international in September 2015. The four main topics are science, technology, history and nature. Basic service costs $2.99US per month for standard definition, $5.99 for high definition and $11.99 for ultra high definition 4K. They do offer a discount for paying annually.

Currently supported platforms include:
-All PCs, laptops, desktops and Mac
-Any Android device running version 4.0.3 or higher
Apple TV via AirPlay
-Chromecast
-IPhones, iPads and iPods with iOS 7 or higher
-Roku
-Amazon Fire TV
-Amazon Kindle Fire

There are plans to get into the Xbox One in the near future as well.

Go check out their website for a free one month trial.

 

Scanning Bikes for Motors

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Don’t you just hate cheaters? They seem to be nearly everywhere these days. I love a great game, but can’t stand it when someone is caught trying to win at all costs. My favorite game these days is Rummy . No cheating happens there, just good clean fun! The last few years the Tour de France has been racked with claims of cheating, this year the race officials are cracking down on a new area of cheating.

Tour de France organizers will begin scanning all bicycles for technological fraud. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will be conducting about 3,000 tests during the two-week event looking for any devices utilized to enhance bicycle performance. The process will use a tablet, case, adapter and customized software to scan each bike in under a minute.

The bike check enables the operator to scan the frame, wheels, groupset, and other components in under a minute. If the scan detects any anomalies, the bike or component in question is then disassembled for inspection.

The UCI felt this was necessary after finding a motorized device in the bicycle of a Belgian rider back in January. The scans will continue throughout the 21-stage competition spanning 3,500km. Anyone found to have motorized devices face a ban from competition for several years. Cooperation among teams, riders and organizers has been universal. They want cheating rooted out and eliminated when possible. This is yet another form of cheating, like drug use and blood doping that has marred the Tour de France in recent history. We should applaud the UCI for attempting to stop this particular form of cheating. They have stated that there will be other unscheduled tests during the event that will also seek out any cheaters.

 

 

 

2016 Rio Olympics in VR 

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Samsung is making the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics  available in virtual reality. Exclusive provider Samsung will make about 85 hours of Olympic coverage available to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users with the Samsung Gear VR after downloading the NBC sports app. This is the first time the Olympics will be shown in VR. The potential experience will be amazing for viewers.

Events covered are the Opening and Closing ceremonies, men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, diving, boxing, fencing, and beach volleyball. Personally, I’d love to see the fencing competition in VR. All the jumps and twirls of gymnastics may get dizzying, but what a thrill to experience the games in virtual reality!

VR content will be viewable through Samsung from August 6, the day after Opening ceremonies through August 22, the day after Closing ceremonies. There will be delays in content availability but it will be worth the short wait to have a 360-degree immersive experience . Now you can have a near in-person observation point for many sporting events. See the sweat fly, sand scatter, water spray and bodies move in a way not seen before!

One sport will be shown in virtual reality each day during the Olympic season. In between VR trips to the Olympics, join me in using the Samsung phone to choose best bingo sites while we eagerly anticipate the next days event. Samsung customers will be able to view the VR events through TV Everywhere on the NBC Sports app after authenticating with their pay TV provider. The international Olympics has always been a venue for cutting edge technology, so no one should be surprised that the current explosion of virtual reality would be right there to be a part of the show.

Meatless Leather from the Lab 

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Modern Meadow is a start-up company in New York that creates leather in a laboratory setting. There’s no animal to slaughter, no hair or fat to be removed and less need for all the harsh chemicals involved in the tanning process. This company biofabricates the leather in labs and foundries. Biofabrication involves manipulating cells to produce collagen and other proteins that make up a leather that is biologically identical to other leathers.

The process is rather scientific. They can recreate leathers from cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alligators, and even camels. The thickness and texture can be manipulated for the intended end use. Say you want a supple leather jacket that looks like deer hide. Or maybe you want a pair of wicked alligator boots. Modern Meadow can make the leather you need. Their products are aiming to fill the leather needs of the clothing, furniture, sporting goods and upholstery industry. I have a leather case for my tablet that I use to get on to play bingo.

Their other goal is to create these leathers in a more environmentally sustainable way. Animals will not be killed. The environment is less impacted and fewer chemicals are involved. Bioengineering the perfect leather for a specific product line leads to much less wasted materials and the ability to make products more exacting in form and function.

You can see how the start-up company is faring on Bloomberg. Also check out this Scientific American magazine article.

All in all, the concept of lab-created leather sounds remarkable in the environmental savings, and design aspect. The only concern is going to be the cost of the end product. Can the technology involved be scaled to a point where people can afford alternative leather goods or will this go on to be a niche product? Only time will tell.

Earthquake-Proof Refrigerator 

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Sharp has just released its first earthquake-proof refrigerator that locks itself if a tremor is detected. This prevents spillage of food and keeps you from walking through glass shards on your way out the door. At a hefty ¥480,000 ($4,600), the fridge is expensive, but has some additional features that may make it more desirable in the quake-prone country. Now if only they could figure out a way to keep me from missing out on my no deposit bingo games as well!

If the power goes out due to an earthquake, the fridge has a built-in solar rechargeable battery that will keep the entire system cold for three days, or just the freezer cold for up to ten days. Pretty impressive, right? The food doesn’t spoil and there’s no worry of the fridge toppling over when the center of gravity shifts as it’s shaking. Part of the Plasma Cluster series, Sharp may have hit on a great product for those parts of the world prone to ground tremors.

The Plasma Cluster series features a fridge top with side by side doors. There’s an intelligent monitoring system that tracks when the fridge is most often opened and used, to optimize the cooling schedule.

For more ideas on how to make your home more earthquake ready, here you go . And for the geek in all of us, there’s this earthquake-proof server from Plat’Home, that can survive 625 days at 122F.

Why Mobile represents the real Future of Gambling

While the precise future of the online gambling market is hard to predict in detail, there are some assertions that are hard to ignore. Firstly, there is no doubt that the market will continually grow, as generational shifts and the increasing diversity of online gambling continues to appeal to a broader audience. There is also a compelling argument for the mobile platform being the future of online gambling, with numerous trends and statistics supporting this.

3 Reasons why Mobile is the future of Online Gambling

 So what are the primary arguments to support the mobile platform as the future of online gambling? Here are the most prominent: –

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The emergence of reliable Mobile Broadband and 4G Connectivity

If you are an avid user of your smartphone and tablet, you will know that Internet broadband and mobile connectivity has improved greatly over the course of the last few years. As mobile broadband has become more reliable during this time, we have seen a wider number of users embrace online games on the move. Mad About Bingo mobile bingo games are just one of many online platforms that have seen a huge rise in mobile traffic. This makes sense, as players can capitalise on this to enjoy uninterrupted gameplay regardless of their precise location.

The rise of Tablet Gameplay

 Mobile gaming is often associated with smartphones, but the fact remains that tablets are increasingly influential in this marketplace. In fact, it is estimated the gaming revenues earned through the tablet platform will more than double between 2013 and 2018, peaking at 8.18 billion Euros. This is reflected by the rise of dedicated gaming tablets, while empower players and virtual gamblers with larger displays and a more immersive gameplay experience.

This type of diversity also adds to the appeal of mobile gambling, while making it accessible across a growing number of platforms.

 Mobile Gambling will experience double-digit growth in the next two years

 On a similar note, the mobile gambling market is likely to experience double-digit growth over the course of the next two years (once again peaking in 2018). By this time, the value of the market is likely to be in excess of $100 billion, while the number of people who gamblers who frequent online platforms will increase by one hundred million during this time. These figures are striking in the extreme, while they underline the irresistible momentum that the sector is building in the global marketplace.

In time, it is perfectly acceptable to presume that the mobile platform will be the primary driver of live and real-money wagering in the UK and beyond.

 

The Spacecraft Cemetery

I play a lot of mobile bingo games  . It’s a great way for me to relax after a busy day. The other day I was wondering about the randomness of the bingo numbers called. This led my mind off to wondering about other random things like what happens to spacecraft after they stop working. After a little web crawling, I discovered the answer.

About 3000km east of New Zealand and 2000km north of Antarctica lies the Spacecraft Cemetery. This is where all de-orbited man-made space objects go to die. It’s remote, lacks any human population and is really deep (about 2.5 miles). Scientists call this the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility, the most remote place on earth. When an object orbiting the planet needs a safe place to crash, it is directed to fall in a flaming arc to this spot . You can view footage of Russia’s MIR falling through the atmosphere on its way to the cemetery here.

There are over 263 spacecraft that have been tossed into this watery grave. Russia has deposited more than 190 objects, far exceeding the US at 52. You can see a map of all the space objects crashed over the cemetery. Plans are already in place to send the International Space Station to its watery grave when the time comes. It will require docking an unmanned vehicle to the front end of the laboratory. When the time is right, NASA will burn its propellant full blast and send ISS directly to the bottom of the ocean in a long, flaming spectacular show we will all want to watch. Fortunately, this isn’t expected to take place until at least 2028. Here’s a great article from National Geographic about this coming event.

 

Smartphone App for Clinical Trials

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How do scientists recruit people for clinical research trials? There’s an app for that now!

Dr. Peter Elkin, MD, a professor at the University of Buffalo, has developed a cell phone app that allows you to see a list and quickly evaluate clinical trials in your area. Only registered clinical trials in a specific geographical area are included in the database. If you find a study that applies to your condition or is of interest, you can simply tap the app and it will send your information to the researchers to start the process of participation. Learn more about clinical trials here. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has great information about clinical research and patient participation here.

One of the long-standing problems with clinical research is the time-consuming process of finding relevant people to take part in scientific studies. It is both expensive and laborious to advertise and hunt down people to take part in ongoing studies. Creating an app makes this process more streamlined and significantly reduces costs. Click here to read more about the app.  Now you can use some of your down time while commuting or waiting to check out new studies. Another thing I like to do during down time is check out bingo sites for fun and entertainment.

There seems to be an app for nearly everything these days. Why not have an app that lists research trials in your area? The more people who know about the trials, the quicker the studies can progress. We all have dozens of apps on our phones. This is another one to add to your collection.

Help With Virtual Reality Sickness

I’m always on the lookout for stimulating games that take my mind of the chaos around me, sort of like meditation in a way.

To alleviate stress lately, I stimulate my brain by play bingo games on my tablet. Check out their site for fun and entertaining games. It will provide hours of entertainment! But the newest wave of gaming innovation appears to be VR – Virtual Reality. But it seems that along with VR fun and entertainment can come nausea?!

Virtual reality sickness, similar to motion sickness, prevents some people from using VR devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Those who feel VR sickness feel nauseated and uncomfortable. This is caused by a conflict in the visual motion cues and the inner ear’s vestibular system that cues our sense of motion, orientation and equilibrium. Columbia Engineering Professor Steven K. Feiner and Ajoy Fernandes  have developed a method of combating virtual reality sickness.

They have developed a program that subtly changes the field of view the VR user sees to reduce the misinformation the inner ear sends out, thus reducing the discomfort some feel while using their VR device. The FOV reduction is slowly introduced when the viewing area is large, partially obscuring each eye’s view with a soft cutout, and then they are removed slowly as the viewing experience changes. The researchers studied 30 participants divided into two groups over multiple days. Those in the study felt the program worked well and did not reduce their VR experience.

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Virtual reality headsets are the hottest item right now. Projected sales are estimated to be over 200 million in the next five years. Optimizing the experience is vital to long-term success for VR applications. Soon, we will all see VR integrated into formalized learning, art, and the business world. At this point, early in the game, VR technology is working out the bugs, so to speak. I can’t wait to see what is coming in the future of virtual reality. One can only imagine the ways VR will stimulate the brain.

 

 

Petcube Review

Petcube is a truly interactive pet camera that pairs with your cell phone. At a small 4x4x4 size, with a non-slip bottom, this little pet camera packs in great features. You can check in on your cat or dog from anywhere you go. Not only can you talk to your pet, you can hear them respond to you too! Interactive communication relieves stress in your furry friend who is home alone, and strengthens your bond while you are apart. You can even play by manipulating a laser light from the cube for your cat to chase. This feature is not recommended for dogs as it can lead to anxiety. I know this from experience with my lab.

The black front has three different functions. The top section is a 138 degree wide angle camera lens. The video quality is great! The middle section is the laser for play time. The bottom section of the front has the LED indicator. The back of the cube has the power button, the microphone and the micro USB port. The small size, black color, and unobtrusive square appearance makes this Petcube a decorative shelf item that will blend in to your home décor easily.

The app for your phone is easy to install and operate. The sound and video quality are on par with other remote pet viewing products. A unique ability the Petcube has is its ability to be paired with the Apple Watch. Set-up for the Petcube is easy and seamless. The fun of seeing your pet safe and happy is priceless. It can be a real stress-reducer when you work long hours or have a long commute to work.

Another way you can have fun and reduce stress, especially while commuting is by playing games on your mobile device. Check out this mobile bingo for some great games.

Can You Believe It: Quake Turns 20 Years Old This Year

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There are so many legendary games in the first person shooter genre. There is Wolfenstein, which has recently made a comeback. There is Doom, which will be rebooted once again this year. There is Shadow Warrior, which has revived as well, there’s Daikatana, and Duke Nukem, which has returned to life after over a decade in development limbo. But all these pale next to the one legendary game that has changed the face of shooters forever, adding a true third dimension to the game: Quake. And it turns twenty this year.

Unlike some other legendary games from the 1990s, Quake was never rebooted. Some games were revived over the years, others got adapted to the big or small screen, like Hitman and Tomb Raider, both of them with movie versions, among the best Red Flush casino games. Quake had two mission packs and four sequels, but none of them continued the Lovecraftian visuals and story behind the original title.

Quake was the first FPS to feature truly 3D characters and a truly 3D environment. Its visuals, albeit dated by today’s standards, meant a huge jump compared to the plainness of all its predecessors. If you have ever played Duke Nukem 3D, Wolfenstein or even Doom, you know what I mean. In any of those, you could not walk around the objects and monsters you encountered – they were always facing you, and they were plain.

Quake was the game that has introduced my gang of PC gamers into the world of LAN parties and deathmatches, as well as online play. I remember taking on a Russian team on a 14.4kbps dial-up connection. If any of today’s CS:GO players would have ever tried to play on such a connection, they would have committed suicide. Although it only had six deathmatch maps included, we played them repeatedly, and grew to know them by heart. We even organized our local Quake tournaments, and considered John Carmack and John Romero to be the prophets of video games.

I think the 20th anniversary of the game’s release would be the perfect occasion for id Software to finally return to the dark realms of Quake and release a game with the same dark, Lovecraftian visuals. Oh, and with the original Quake soundtrack, created by Trent Reznor and the Nine Inch Nails. The gloomy world of fiends, shamblers and shotgun-wielding guardians could really use a visual upgrade. I would love to immerse once again into the dark dimension inhabited by Shamblers, and take on Shub Niggurath once more. And explore further into the world that offered me so much fantastic entertainment as a child.

The Future of Online Gambling: AI, Smart Technology and More

The Future of Online Gambling: AI, Smart Technology and More.

It seems to talk about the future of online gambling, particularly when you consider how dramatically the discipline has evolved over the course of the last five years. During this time, some of the most fanciful trends and concepts have come to fruition, creating an immersive and increasingly realistic marketplace that is popular among gamers.

Despite this, the future is set to be even more dramatic in the field of online gambling, as a number of existing trends enter the mainstream and new developments also begin to take hold. This is something for all demographics to look forward too, whether you are a sports betting fan or a frequenter of the best new bingo sites.

The future of Online Gambling in 3, simple steps

So what does the future have in line for online gambling? Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent trends: – 

The Establishment of Virtual and Augmented reality

Virtual reality (and to a lesser extent augmented reality) has been talked about for years, but it was not until recently that it has entered the mainstream. The coming months will see this technology establish itself in the consumer marketplace, however, with a host of products competing at both lower and higher ends of the spectrum.

From an online gambling perspective, it is augmented reality that will have the greatest impact in the market. Innovative headsets such as Microsoft’s HoloLens will undoubtedly lead the way here, replicating corporeal and three-dimensional casino backdrops within the comfort of your own home.

The rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and social Media as Gambling Tools

While the random number generators which underpin online bingo and casino gaming are impossible to pre-empt, there is a growing trend for predicting movements in the sports betting market. As a result of this there are numerous developers to develop algorithms that trawl social media news feeds and updates, in a bid to seek out intangibles and defy even the most detailed statistics.

This meld of AI and social media could increase the efficiency of specific bets by up to 5%, and while this technology is not fully developed yet it is definitely in the pipeline for the future.

Smart Technology will revolutionise mobile gambling

Mobile technology is a major driver of online gambling in 2016, with smartphones beginning to dominate the marketplace. Tablets are quickly becoming influential too, with the revenue generated by these devices set to double between 2013 and 2018.

In the future, however, we will also see smart technology and wearable gadgets change the way in which in which players gamble online. More specifically, these devices will offer users instant access to online casino and bingo platforms, enabling them to play their favourites games on the move without having to remove their smartphone from their pocket.

While this is little more than a subtle evolution of existing technology, it will change the nature of online gambling forever.

 

 

 

My Foray in USB Splitters and Gaming on the Road

 

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Recently, my wife and I went on a long road trip cross country. We spent a lot of time talking but eventually, we reverted into our own little universes. I listened to an audiobook from my cellphone and my wife was using her tablet. Both devices quickly lost battery power and needed to be recharged. The car only had one USB port so we were taking turns charging our devices. What a drag that turned into for us. We lamented that mobile device batteries never last as long as one hopes. My wife spent time on our long drive playing Guts mobile online casino games and was worried about running out of battery power.

During a gas and drink stop we found a USB splitter on a rack that we snatched up and paid way too much for. I highly recommend that you buy one of these for each and every car you own. The one we bought comes with LED indicator for power status, supports over current and instant current protection to protect the connected devices and itself.

In today’s electronic age, everyone has the need to recharge a device while on the go. Frequently this means several people need to charge at the same time. In fact, I bought six USB splitters on sale at a retail store and kept them to give as gifts to busy moms toting tablet-watching kids around and dads with long commutes charging multiple items. Everyone loves getting this splitter for their car.

The splitter we used is much less complicated though, it was just a Y-Splitter. Some splitters are more advanced than others, I was a little interested in what’s inside of some of these, and found this interesting tear down of one.

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