Gift Ideas for Final Fantasy Mega Fans

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Final Fantasy is a media fantasy and science fiction franchise, which centres on a series of fantasy role-playing video games. With more than 130 million units sold across the world, it is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. So, it’s really no surprise if you have a Final Fantasy mega fan in your life. If you do, they will certainly love a Final Fantasy based Christmas gift, and you can have the peace of mind that you have chosen something that appeals to them. So, let’s take a look at some good ideas…

  • Final Fantasy soundtrack – The Final Fantasy XV Collector’s Edition Soundtrack is a great choice. Not only do you get the full soundtrack from this series, but you will also benefit from some added extras too. This includes a booklet, which has interviews with the composer – Yoko Shimomura, as well as a behind the scenes Blu-ray with Florence + The Machine, and a special assortment of piano versions from the game. It is a real treat for any fan.
  • Final Fantasy game – If your friend or family member is a Final Fantasy fan, they probably have all of the games. So this may seem like a stupid suggestion. However, there are plenty of other games on various platforms, for example, the Final Fantasy mobile game. You can find out more about this at https://www.finalfantasyxvapp.com/. In fact, if you do a quick search online, you will see that there are many different games to choose from, so you should be able to find something that your loved one does not have.
  • Figurines – This is a gift for someone special in your life, as they can be rather expensive if you buy figurines directly from Square Enix. However, this is probably where any Final Fantasy will want to their figurines to come from – the real deal. So, only go down this route if you are prepared to pay $100 or more. They are real collector’s items, though, and so they are bound to make an amazing impression.
  • Yoshitaka Amano art books – This is a really unique present, which shows you have put a lot of thought into the gift. Yoshitaka Amano is the famed concept artist for the Final Fantasy series. The ethereal artwork Yoshitaka has created is breath-taking to say the least. You can find many compilations of his work, some of which only focus on Final Fantasy. This would make a special gift for anyone who loves the gaming series.
  • Final Fantasy trading cards – If you are looking for a Final Fantasy based gift that is not going to cost a lot, this is a good suggestion. There are many different creature and characters to choose from with the Final Fantasy trading cards that are available. If your loved one doesn’t have any cards already, why not purchase the three starting decks? Each deck comes with a different theme, i.e. Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Plushies – If figurines are too expensive, or don’t sound like the recipient’s type of thing, why not buy a plushie? Or, in other words, a soft, squidgy toy! There are plenty of adorable options, and you can buy them directly from Square Enix too. Plus, you can pick up one of the characters for a fraction of the price of a figurine. From cute versions of stoic characters like Lighting and Cloud to iconic mascots like the Chocobo and Moogle, there is something for everyone.
  • Gaming tech – Make your loved one’s gaming experience a more exciting one by purchasing some exciting new tech. If you don’t know where to start, check out our blog post for more information: https://lifespaceblog.com/2017/01/09/pc-gaming-tech-just-got-serious-heres-why/. You will find out about the recent progressions in PC gaming tech, which will give you a good basis to do your shopping based on.
  • Clothing – Last but not least, the final suggestion is to purchase Final Fantasy clothing. If you take a look online, you will see that there are plenty of themed garments available, with T-shirts being the obvious choice. Or, why not go for a backpack or beanie hat instead? You could even get your own unique T-shirt printed. The options are endless.

Hopefully, you now have plenty of suggestions regarding Christmas gifts for the Final Fantasy fan you have in your life. No matter what option you go for, you can’t fail by choosing something based on the media fantasy and science fiction phenomenon.

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Get With The Times: Taking A Traditional Business Online

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It’s a strange time for a lot of well-established business owners. If you’ve been running a small, traditional business for a long time, then you might feel as though the world is moving around you at a pretty overwhelming pace. When you’re in this position is can often be tempting to hide away and retreat to the same old working methods that have seen you in good stead until now. Well, the truth is that, as the song goes “the times, they are a-changin'”. And as the time’s change, you need to be willing to change with them. One of the most important ways in which even the most traditional business can benefit from moving with the times is to get online. Of course, if you’ve never had much experience running an online business then that can often seem a little intimidating, but it really is easier than ever before. Here are a couple of simple things that you can do to get your business online.

You need a website

The most important thing for any business that’s looking to embrace the digital world is a website. No matter how much the internet has changed over the last decade or so, the website is still the central hub of many businesses online presence. Don’t assume that you need the help of expensive professional designers and programmers when it comes to building a website. Sites like http://WebsiteBuilders.com can help you compare and read reviews of various website building tools and services so that you can find one that’s right for you. Making a website has never been so simple, and it really shouldn’t take you more than a couple of days to create something that you can be proud of.

Learn about SEO

If you’re going to take your business online, then you need to make sure that you’re aware of the ways in which you can promote and market it. One of the most important things to learn about is SEO or Search Engine Optimization. That might sound like jargon but it basically just means being able to ensure that your website is always at the top of the results on sites like Google. There are plenty of ways to do this, and it’s best to do as much research as possible. But the important thing to remember is that you need to combine well written, engaging online content, with the kinds of keywords and phrases that your customers are most likely to search when they’re in need of products and services like the ones that your business provides.

You might feel as though all of this is unnecessary and that you’ve never needed these kinds of things in your business before so why should you need them now. However, the truth is that as time goes on, there is less and less room for offline-only businesses. That might not be the ideal situation, but it’s the one we’re faced with. You need to make sure that you’re moving with the times or else you run the risk of your business falling down around you.

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Why Do Games Need So Much Power?

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When you look at the back of a modern games box, the recommended specification list you’ll see is much denser than those in the past. As machines have gotten more powerful, the games being played on them have been able to reach to new heights, becoming much larger and a lot more realistic. Of course, though, what exactly makes a game use so much power? Video, which appears to be very similar, can be run on mobile phones, and it often doesn’t make sense that you would need such powerful machines for your gaming needs. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the resource usage of a modern video game.

 

  • Calculations

 

For every action, event, and thing happening in the video game you’re playing, there will be a huge list of calculations which have to be done along with it. In most cases, programming languages are simply expressing logic, and a large part of this is mathematics. Of course, though, why would something like firing a gun take so much power? This sort of action doesn’t seem very complex.

In reality, though, it is. The very first stage of the gun firing will be an event triggered by the user, like a key press, which will have to be processed by the computer. From there, the gun will have to fire, with the computer calculating direction, speed, and damage all at the same time. If something gets hit, this will have to be picked up, too, and another sequence will run. During the gun firing, the computer will also have to pick and play an animation, sound clip, and even a vibrate command to a controller.

With all of this work going on, it could be easy to assume that you need the best processor on the market to deal with your game. Fortunately, though, this isn’t the case, and you will usually be able to get by with a mid to high-range option. At the moment, the Core i5 7600k from Intel and the Ryzen 5 1600x from AMD are some of the best contenders. This sort of chip will have more than enough power for your games.

 

  • Graphical Rendering

 

Next, it’s time to think about the other side of the work your computer has to do when you’re running a game; showing you the visuals. Unlike a video which is preprogrammed and the same every time, a video game has to be stitched together on the fly, with over a hundred new screens every second in some cases. A normal processor isn’t very good at this sort of work, though, and a specialised device needs to be used to handle the work.

This is where a graphics card comes in. Equipped with a special processor called a GPU, this sort of product can drive a TV or monitor much better than the one already in your machine. Nowadays, there are more and more options becoming available, and you have loads to choose from when you’re buying a card for your machine. In a lot of cases, you will only need the very top-end if you are gaming in ultra HD or 3D. For the majority who are stuck in the past, something a little less expensive should do the trick, though.

 

  • Storage (In-Out)

 

When a game is running, it isn’t one file which is simply being displayed. Instead, your games are built from hundreds of different documents, ranging from scripts and code to 3D models and the images being used as textures for them. Being able to access these assets quickly is very important when you’re playing some games. So, nowadays, most gaming computers will use SSDs instead of traditional hard drives, as they will usually be a lot faster. This sort of resource can make your experience a lot better.

Even knowing exactly what your computer is doing when it is running a game, it can be hard to decide on the best one for you when you’re at the store. There are loads of companies making machines out there, and a lot of them will charge too much for what you get, or won’t give you the product you deserve. Finding a quality desktop PC for gaming is just a matter of doing some research. Most people will be able to find options which appeal to them, even if you have to search for a long time to find it.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into choosing your next gaming computer. Running a game isn’t a simple task, like running a video. Unfortunately, when so much has to be done on the fly, your computer need to be able to hack the heat, or you won’t have a very good experience.

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Are You Liable If Your Small Business Gets Hacked?

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At this point in time, it very much looks like one of the most-used words of the 21st century is going to be “hacked”. There seems to be no limit on the number of businesses that have been hacked; some of the most well-known companies in the world have found themselves having to apologize for falling victim to hacking. Most recently, the Equifax leak was thought to have impacted half the US population— it’s clear that the scope for hacking knows no limits.

When you’re a small business owner, seeing these huge companies falling victim to hacks can be extremely disturbing. After all, if the big fish can experience this, then surely your smaller business can too? And if the worst does happen, are you liable for what then happens to that data?

The Good News

Let’s start with the positive news; there’s a reason big companies are hacked. These companies are targeted specifically because they are the big fish; hackers anticipate the largest payoff if they focus their resources on huge, multinational companies.

For small businesses, the potential for return on investment for hackers just isn’t as good, so there’s every chance that your company simply isn’t big enough to be worth hacking. This is one of the few areas where it’s better for your business to be niche and small, rather than huge and dominating the world!

The Bad News

Hacking is a relatively new problem, so it’s fair to say that the legal system hasn’t quite caught up to the liability of companies when they are hacked. There’s no cut-and-dried legal precedent. In some ways, that’s good news– you’re not definitely liable… but you’re also not definitely not liable.

In the current climate, the best thing you can do is be sure that your business is 100 percent compliant with all the rules and regulations surrounding data storage. This is especially true if you hold customer financial data; for example, an ecommerce store that stores credit card information. If you’re not immediately sure about where you stand in regards to security legislation, then make it a priority to contact a SOC auditor to assess your compliance. If you can prove you have taken the necessary steps to comply with legislation, you have a much stronger chance of defending your case in the event of a lawsuit.

The Ugly News

If you are hacked and customer data is leaked, then you might think that avoiding being found financially liable is the only thing you have to worry about. That’s not the case. In the aftermath of a hack, you’re also going to need to take huge steps to restore customer confidence in your business. This is easier said than done; it can take years to get your reputation back to a level field.

For modern businesses, hacking is an ever-present threat that can cause problems for a number of reasons. The best solution is to protect yourself as best as you can, and keep customers informed if you do suffer a data breach. If you can commit to these two things, then your business is in good shape.

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The Trouble With Big Data

Big data is all the rage these days, and it’s certainly something that appears as if it will drive the businesses of tomorrow.

However, it’s also an area of business that is very much in its infancy, and as with any other young technology, it can often be a source of frustration and problems. But what are these issues, and how can they impact your business?

Given that the vast majority of companies these days use web technology to reach and engage with customers, it’s vital that you understand the potential pitfalls of collecting – and using – data. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know.

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Privacy

First and foremost, it is essential for your business to look after your customer’s personal details and any other business-sensitive information you hold on a database.

Hacking, malware, and data theft is an all-too-common problem, and although you only hear about the big companies suffering from data breaches on the news, the reality is that small businesses suffer most. It is vital that whether you use a cloud-based online database service or invest in creating your own, security is at the forefront of your mind. Don’t forget, even in a small company, the information held by your database could be available to a lot of different people.

Employees, suppliers, and even customers could have some kind of access, and a clever hacker could – in many cases – find an entry point in any part of the chain.

Communication

On the face of things, the data you collect about your customers can inform you of how to speak and communicate with them. However, the reality of big data is that it just isn’t that simple.

Data only tells you a part of the story, and every metric you see is quantitative rather than qualitative. Ultimately, you have no idea why a particular customer liked a particular ad, or clicked on a particular call to action, only that they did. And it is easy to draw false conclusions about any item of data you have.

The simple truth is that the average business owner just doesn’t know how to sift through the sheer volume of data they are presented with, and it is all too easy to become overwhelmed. The result of that could be sending the wrong messages to the wrong people, and even making poor business decisions based on misreading the information.

People

Continuing on from the previous point, one of the biggest issues with big data is down to the people that use it. As we looked at above, it’s easy to misinterpret data sets dues to our own preconceived ideas. And you can pretty much prove any point you like when there is so much data on the table, regardless of whether it is true or not.

Also, the people accessing the data can be an issue, and you have a choice of two different options, both of which can cause their own problems. First of all, you could take on everything in-house, which means hiring more people and putting others through expensive training courses.

Secondly, it involves outsourcing to a third-party, meaning you have to hand over your sensitive information to people you don’t know. If you go down this route, it’s essential that you choose a reputable, experienced, and open company that you trust implicitly.

Are you a big data lover or hater? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Make Your Business More Accessible

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When you own a business, it’s incredibly important that you’re able to keep it available to use for everyone; this involves making sure that people can reach you any time and that it is easy to reach you! But what can you do to achieve this? It’s difficult to know what your options are, so read on to find out what you can do about it!

 

Having Social Media Accounts

 

Websites like Facebook have fast become incredibly popular over the past few years, and it’s a brilliant platform for you to be taking advantage of! A lot of people use social media, there is an estimated 3 billion accounts that are being used at the moment and you should be using this to your advantage. You should be creating accounts on every social media that you can in order to make your company more accessible. People are going to be more likely to message a social media account than make a phone call about an inquiry as it’s easier meaning you can get more business.

 

Customer Answering Service

 

We can’t always pick up the phone, whether it’s in our personal lives or our business ones,  sometimes we just don’t have the time to speak to people. So, we have to do something about this because every missed phone call means that we’re missing out on business. Hiring an off site customer service call center means that the phone is always going to be answered by the people that you are hiring, they can help the customer as best as they can and often leave messages on to you, meaning that you don’t miss out on any business! This also opens up to people who are calling from different time zones; if you’re able to effectively communicate to people that live in different countries then you’ve just opened yourself up to a whole new market meaning you can become much more successful as your audience will be wider!

 

Advertise Your Details

 

This is of paramount importance for anything you own, especially when you’re advertising! Your details are obviously how people are able to get into contact with you, without them people would have to blindly trawl through the internet for your business which they will quite quickly give up on. When you’re advertising, and even on your website, make sure to put your details on the advert somewhere; this means that people can directly get into contact with you instead of having to search around for you so you can get more business in!

 

All of these things are great for keeping your business connected! You’ll have a call answering service for when you just can’t pick up the phone so you don’t miss out on anything, you’ll have social media accounts that are manned and ready to answer any questions that potential customers might have and your details will be advertised on everything you put out to the world to ensure everyone can get in touch with you! Putting yourself out there is essential to getting investors on board, but what else can you do to attract them? Well, read this and you’ll learn how!

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Looking to Advance Your Personal Website? Here’s How

Are you looking for new ways to advance your own personal website? It can be difficult to come up with ideas, so if you’re stuck, this guide will help you out. Everyone who has a personal website, has one for their own reasons. However, they’re usually linked to your personal brand or your career or creative work. So, if you want to advance your website, here’s how to go about making it happen.

 

Allow People to Contact You Easily

 

Most people want to be contacted for commissions and work opportunities. If that’s what the purpose of your website is, you need to make it as easy as it possibly can be for people to get in contact with you. So, your contact page needs to be up to scratch. You can find some useful guidance at www.creativebloq.com/design-contact-page-7-pro-tips if you need help with any of this.

 

Put the Most impressive Things Front and Centre

 

If you’re using your website as a vehicle to promote your work, you need to make sure that your best work is at the front. Make it easy for visitors to see what you do and what you’re all about. You want them to be impressed as soon as they visit your website and have a quick look around. Don’t hide your best work behind multiple links. That will bury it and stop it from getting the attention it needs and deserves.

 

Make it Work Well With Search Engines

 

Search engines are vitally important to your website. This is how people will find your website. You can’t just assume that people will be able to find your website because that’s not going to happen by itself. You should with www.ignitedigital.com to help you improve your approach to SEO. Your website needs to work hand in hand with search engines if you want it to find real success.

 

Provide Clear Links to Your Social Media Profiles

 

Your social media profiles are probably just as important to your personal brand as your website is. That’s why you need to provide clear and obvious links to those profiles on your website. There are many ways in which this can be done. You can just add them to the top of the page above the header. Or you could list them on the contact page if you want to. Making them clear on the page at all times is the best option, though.

 

Include Relevant Testimonials

 

If you want people to have trust in you and your personal brand, you should provide reasons for them to do that. One of the best ways to do that is to post some customer or client testimonials on your website. This shows people that other people have taken advantage of what you have to offer and have had a positive reaction. That can really help to persuade people to get in touch and use your services, so it has to be done.

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Your personal brand could be enhanced massively if you improve your personal website. Make the most of these ideas and put them into action as soon as you can.

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