Streaming: The Perfect Way to Let off Some Steam

After a long day at work, there’s no better thing to do than curl up on the sofa in front of the TV. But once you’ve plonked yourself down for the night, there’s nothing worse than having to get back up to sort out your viewing consumption for the evening; however, fear not as in this day and age there is solution to this problem: streaming.

 

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No more having to search the television magazine extensively and no more having to find and inject DVD disks — when you stream, you need do nothing at all. Streaming demands next to no physical activity as you simply choose what you will be viewing for the evening in the extensive list of titles on offer, click a few buttons, and you’re off. No more having to scroll through the various channels on offer on your TV to find the perfect show for you because with streaming everything is there at your fingertips. And to partner this: advances in smart home technology have meant that you no longer even need to get up to turn the light switch on or off — you can do so through the use of the Internet; and advances in smartphone technology have meant that the phones themselves can be used as remote controls through the implementation of infrared ports within them, this eradicating the need to change batteries or search the TV remote when it has fallen down the back of the sofa.

 

As well as this, streaming offers up more of an opportunity to be in control of your viewing consumption than has ever been experienced before. For instance, you no longer have for a specific time slot to be able to watch your favourite TV show — if you stream you can choose when to watch it and you can do so with just as much as ease as if you had in fact watched it when it was meant to be broadcast. But that is not the only way in which streaming induces more control of your viewing habits; you can also, in this day and age, stream your favourite flicks straight to your smartphone. MovieBox, for instance, provides a streaming app for iOS devices such as the iPhone or iPad which means that you take your viewing habits with you wherever you like (providing you have a strong Internet connection). The MovieBox app, of which you can download the latest version on their website, allows you to forego the hassles of torrents and downloading which makes it the perfect option for your viewing consumption after a long day at work, especially if you are working away from home.

When you consider all of the good ways in which streaming makes everyday life a bit easier, it’s no wonder that the death of the video store is now upon us. Streaming services really are a simple tech that can improve your life greatly, so if you haven’t introduced them to your home, it’s maybe now time that you did. It offers the most stress free way of doing absolutely nothing after work, and what can beat that?

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Tech Companies Are Looking For New Ways To Secure Your Home Office

With the rise of the gig economy, more and more people are moving into home offices for work. They’re doing all sorts of things, like designing websites, writing blogs and offering transcription services over the cloud. But with the rise of the home office also comes increased risks. At any moment, somebody could break into your house, steal all your assets and then hold them for ransom, demanding payment to get them back.

 

For this reason, many companies are moving into the home security market. It’s big business, and there are many gadgets on sale. Here are some of the highlights.

 

The Nest Cam

 

The Nest was originally supposed to be a smart thermostat solution. But ever since Google gobbled up the original company, Nest, they’ve been on a mission to pad out the internet of things with devices which are actually useful, not just connected kettles. As a result, they’ve come up with the Nest Cam, a little camera that looks a bit like a webcam that spends all day recording goings on in the office.

 

The Nest cam might look simple, but it comes packed with decades-worth of high-tech surveillance technology, developed for generations by state and private interests. The lens has a sensor on it which can detect suspicious activity and immediately start sending data, via the internet, to your personal device. According to Google, the high-tech algorithms that power the Nest Cam are able to tell the difference between a tree swaying in the wind and a burglar breaking into your home. The camera allows you to save chunks of video to watch later at your own leisure.

 

The August Smart Lock

 

Smart locks might seem a bit over the top. But top blogs are now recommending them to people who run their own businesses. One of the tips in this article is to install a smart lock as soon as you set up at home, allowing you to determine who is allowed access to your office and who isn’t. August have a system that allows you to control access from your smartphone, enabling you to let the kids into the office if they need something while keeping everybody else out.

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With smart locks, you’re essentially throwing away the key in exchange for greater security. But you’re also adding more convenience to your life. Not only can you do away with carrying around a set of keys all day long, but you are also able to let people into your office, even when you’re not there. Suppose you’re out at a meeting on Tuesday morning, the same day as the cleaner comes to tidy up your office. With a smart lock, you can simply let her in remotely.

 

The Netgear Smart Home

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The principle behind the Netgear Smart Home systems is to be able to scale your security needs, according to the size of your home. If you’ve got a small house, you may only need one or two cameras in the system, connected to the base station. If you live in a mansion, or your house comprises multiple outbuildings for offices and gyms, then you can add extra cameras you need. The Netgear Arlo smart home cameras are waterproof, meaning you can leave them outside.

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Tech Teachings For The Modern Entrepreneur

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Technology is the heartbeat of modern business, and there’s no doubt that your company already embraces it in many different aspects. However, the digital environment has evolved at a rapid rate. Subsequently, if you aren’t progressing alongside it, your entire venture could soon be left behind. Worse still, it can open the door for your competitors to capitalise.

 

Education is the key to sustained success. By developing new skills and incorporating new ideas, you won’t just see short-time improvements. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll be preparing yourself for an even better future.

 

Given the importance of tech facilities in modern business, overlooking those obvious benefits simply isn’t an option. Here are three valuable lessons that will make your venture stronger than ever in this digital age.

 

Get Your Head In The Cloud

 

Cloud computing is an area of the digital landscape that you will at least know about. After all, the major tech companies are continually marketing the benefits to consumers. However, personal gains are far from being the greatest. Quite frankly, it’s a technology that could revolutionise your entire business operation.

 

At its best, cloud computing can increase security, reduce overheads, and add flexibility. The increased organisation and collaboration can take efficiency to an even greater level. Then again, as with most tech features, simply installing those facilities isn’t enough. Learn to get the most out of them, and your company will have a huge edge over its competitors.

 

Modern business is heading increasingly towards cloud-based interactions. If you don’t jump on board now, you will regret it in the future.

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Get Programmed For Success   

 

As an entrepreneur, you should always want to be in control of your business operations. Given the significance that computers play in those daily activities, tightening your grip over this aspect is key.  

 

Playing a more active role in the running of your computer systems brings many benefits. Raspberry Pi systems are the perfect learning platform for newbie programmers. The Pi Hut boasts a number of products to help you throughout that learning curve. Once you’ve mastered this field, you’ll have far more control over those vital aspects.   

 

Not only will this save you money, but it’ll allow you to restore systems when a fault surfaces too. Not bad, eh?

 

Get Ready To Boost The Customer Experience

 

Most modern businesses now sell items online. If yours doesn’t, then fixing this issue should be one of the first items on your agenda. But your bid to provide the consumer with what they need shouldn’t stop there.

 

Understanding consumer habits, trends, and fears is vital. Customer management software allows you to do this while building a stronger connection with the consumer. Ultimately, this should give you the best chance of increasing conversions and long-term loyalty in one fell swoop. If that doesn’t lead you to greater success in business, nothing will.

 

The customers will essentially decide whether your company succeeds or fails. Use the tools needed to gain a deeper appreciation of their needs, and you will not go wrong.

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The Technological Uprising – Don’t Get Left Behind

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Technology has always been a fluid and ever-changing area. For businesses, this means that a lot of work has to be done to make sure that they don’t get left behind. Times are changing, though. And, so is the way that tech is evolving. So, nowadays, you not only have to stay ahead of the advancements; you also have to stay ahead of how tech is advancing. This is hard for people without loads of time. And, it gets harder when you don’t know what to look for.

 

Our technology is always advancing at an alarming rate. In fact, the rate that we are making advancements in most fields of technology are increasing. This means that humans are doing more than ever to make changes to the way that we live. But, these changes aren’t in the same ways that they used to be. When computers first hit the scene, there were loads of physical improvements that could be made to make them better. Over time, the point has been reached that we can’t get any further until we make changes to the way that computers work. This has led to innovation to be found in software; instead of hardware.

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It’s hard for companies to make computers more powerful because of two major drawbacks; power and heat. At the moment, the conductors that we use for processors are very inefficient, which means that they lose a lot of the power pumped into them as heat. By making the processor larger and giving it more power; it’s possible to make a processor much more powerful than the ones found in most computers. But, this process also makes it run a lot hotter. And, it will need a lot more power to run. The best answers around for these problems can be found in superconductors and organic computers. Both of which are a very long way away from being usable on Earth. And, may not even be possible.

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This leaves the only room for innovation to be in the software that is run on these machines. But, as software changes, it’s hard to follow. Unlike hardware, where you will have large trade shows and news about releases; software will simply be release. And, there will be nearly no advertising for it. So, knowing that new tech is coming can be a great challenge when you’re looking for software. The best way to deal with this is by taking on a little bit of help.

 

Thankfully, the help that your business needs can be found everywhere. IT support is a very common business. People have realised that companies struggle with this area. And, to take some of the pressure off, have started companies dedicated to helping them. A good IT support company will be able to advise your software choices. And, they will be able to keep up-to-date, so that you don’t have to. This can make life much easier. And, even make your business a little better, too.

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Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working hard to make sure that your software is the latest possible option. As new software is released, new features become standards in the business sector. If you don’t keep up with this; you could struggle to communicate with business in the future.

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Gaming PC’s: Value For Money?

Gaming is a darn expensive hobby.

 

The new Playstation 4 Pro is going to set you back about four hundred dollars, with the Playstation VR not far behind that. A 4K television set capable of displaying the full power of the PS4 Pro will cost near one thousand dollars and the controllers and games are sixty bucks a piece.

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That’s money that could frankly, be put to much better use – especially when you consider the five to seven year life span of games consoles.

 

The gaming PC is a whole different beast. For the same price as the Playstation 4 Pro, you can get a system that is arguably more powerful and you won’t need an expensive television to go with it if you choose a good monitor and there are a lot of points to consider to find the best gaming monitor.

 

So, is a gaming PC worth the investment? Well – it really does depend.

 

While the outlay on a system like the PS4 might seem initially cheaper, that could be false over its lifetime if you upgrade or buy new controllers. However, if you enjoy games that are exclusive to Playstation like Bloodborne or Infamous Second Son – then there is no question at all – the console is the choice for you as these games are unavailable on the PC. Remember that there are a number of games exclusive to PC – such as Civilization

 

If you aren’t fussed about console exclusives, then go right ahead with the PC. Steam and GoG have plenty of sales throughout the year meaning you can pick up good games for low prices often enough to make it worth it in the long run. Console games do go on sale, but not often enough.

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A thousand dollars of gaming PC can also run games at a higher level than the PS4. You’ll experience better draw distances, better graphics and better visuals.

 

Of course, PC games are customizable through user produced mods as well – so you have to take that into account as a deeper and more customizable experience might be worth more for you!

 

While PC’s have made huge strides in terms of size and portability over the past number of years, the consoles still hold the trump card in terms of accessibility. If you want to play on your existing TV downstairs, a console might work for you. That being said, a good PC case might be just as portable. It depends on the options available for you but you might not be able to beat a console for pure ease. A console is easier to play with friends in the first instance as well while a PC will require a bit more setup and care.

 

If you’re inclined to spend time and effort, the PC will work wonders for you. If you want to get up and go with an option then the PS4 and Xbox One consoles may be better. All in all though, dollar by dollar – the PC wins through and is better value in terms of performance.

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Camping Essentials for the Tech-Savvy

Nowadays, travelling is becoming more important for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to relax in our own time, it’s a good way to learn new things and it can even affect our future career choices. However, many of us camp for the sake of getting some time to ourselves and relaxing our bodies, and as such it’s important to treat it like a leisurely trip to melt away stress.

 

Adventuring into the wild is a great way to connecting with friends and family and spend some much-needed quality time together. However, it doesn’t have to be all about sleeping in tents and becoming one with nature. Nowadays, there is so much technology around us that it almost feels like we can’t even go outside without carrying a phone in our pockets.

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Some people would scoff at the idea of bringing electronics to a camping trip because it doesn’t “feel” natural, but devices like smartphones can play a huge part in remaining safe and connected to the rest of the world when you’re out in the wilderness. If you want to bring some more tech on a camping trip, then here are a couple of great suggestions.

 

Lighting

 

Whether it’s a small torch or a floodlight to keep your campsite illuminated, companies like Nightsearcher will have you covered. From small torches and floodlights to solar-rechargeable lamps, there’s a huge variety of different lighting options to take with you on a camping trip to make yourself noticed, feel safer and also to make it easier on you when you wake up at night to go toilet.

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Smartphones

 

In addition to GPS being an extremely helpful tool to guide you throughout the wilderness, smartphones also come with many other useful features such as the ability to keep connected via the internet, take photos and record videos, and even have some fun and entertainment while you’re out in the wilderness. A lot of people go on camping trips to explore nature, take pictures and hike. However, what will you do in the evening when it’s dark but still too early to sleep? How about bringing out your phone and watching some films, listening to music or even reading a book?

 

Pressure Shower

 

Although it’s not as fancy as a smartphone or special lighting arrangements, pressure showers are a much-needed essential in camping. If you plan to stay out for a couple of days, then it’s a good idea to invest in a pressure shower. These are just bags that you can hand on a tree branch. When you fill them with water, you can give the pump a few squeezes and you’ll have access to a simple and hygienic way of cleaning off dirt and mud from hiking trips.

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Water Safety

 

Drinking water in the wilderness can come with some very nasty side effects. Luckily there are several ways you can ensure that the water you drink is nice and clear. For starters, you can buy a water testing bottle that uses UV lighting to show you if the water you want to drink from is contaminated or safe. You can also buy water filtration systems that clean water to make it safe to drink.

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Compute This: What Computers Can Do For Your Business

Computers are doing it all for our businesses right now in this day and age, and they have improved how everything operates in business. Technology is never going to stop advancing, so we’ve only got more of the same to look forward to. However, if you’re not using computers in your business – you’re going to be at a huge disadvantage against major competitors in your area who are using them.

 

As we said – computers are doing it all for our businesses right now. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Computers can run software, and the ways that different types of software can help businesses is a list that frankly, will never end. Software can help business manage files, data, and documents on a basic level and on a more advanced level it can allow communication and creation. Computers also stored data in an effective way, and you’ll find it easier to search than a creaking old filing cabinet. Computers can help your business run on its own two feet. With computers and their software you can create promotional material, you can also prepare tax statements and manage your finances. Computers give us so much that previously would have been outsourced to a third party. Isn’t that quite the money saver?

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Speaking of saving money, technology and computers are constantly making services more affordable. Computing power allows for your work to be done faster and of course, more efficiently. This may mean that your business might hire fewer staff saving you money on your staff payroll. Networked systems can also allow you to share files, meaning that you won’t need file storage and copiers to share documents. Of course, computing technology can speed up your business as well – ordering business items, communication, customer service, and other areas can be fully digitized, meaning you’ll be completing these tasks faster and to a higher standard thanks to computers.

 

Thankfully, learning about computers isn’t rocket science – there’s plenty of advice on offer for you if you’re unsure. If you’re far too busy to handle this, then consider a hiring managed IT services. The benefits of bringing your business into the 21st century far outweighs the cost of upgrading. There’s enough nonsense in business today, so cut it out with computing.

 

The internet also offers amazing tools for business. A company website can help generate sales and boost your profits. Operating online allows your stores to be accessed from customers dotted all over the globe at any time you wish – so store hours no longer need to factor. Of course, you can promote your business to people with the help of social media where you can speak to your customers and create content that will lure new patrons in. There are even cloud storage solutions, so you can store your files online and access them from anywhere in the world.

 

Computing gives us so many options, so it’s easy to see why businesses that refuse to upgrade get left behind. There’s plenty of help available so get moving!

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