November 10, 2020
The last few months have left us all yearning for something to do. Unless you are one of the unlucky few that have been forced to continue work during these pressing times, it is likely that you have found yourself with a lot of spare time and not much to do within this time. As we have seen online, people have been finding a lot of interesting ways to occupy their time.
There has been a newfound uprising in a lot of hobbies that have been put aside to make room for technology, such as baking and other creative outlets. One of the main hobbies that we have seen a trend in the last year is arts and crafts. Arts and crafts never really disappeared as a beloved hobby, but those of us that put it aside while focusing on work, now have the time to engage in the hobby again.
As well as a rise in the popularity of arts and crafts, you may have also noticed that a lot of people have been turning to DIY. This is mainly because, for the first time in years, people finally have the time to upgrade their homes and other spaces.
If you are someone who has been stuck in this rut of having so much spare time but nothing to occupy it with, you may be wondering whether or not DIY or arts and crafts is the next hobby for you. Both of these hobbies require tools and materials in order to be able to complete them, so it is understandable that you would choose to research your options before settling on one.
Below we have put together some helpful facts about each hobby which will help you decide which one to pursue.
What kind of person are you?
Though these two hobbies may fall under quite similar topics, the two actually differ quite substantially. To decide which of the two hobbies would fit in best with your lifestyle and your hobbies, you must first evaluate what kind of person you are.
If you are thinking about taking up DIY as a hobby, there are a lot of important things that you must keep in mind. For example, DIY projects are no small feat. Once you have started a project, it is unlikely that you will be able to sit down and finish this project within an hour. This is because DIY projects are usually quite substantial and consist of a lot of steps, steps that often can not be carried out consecutively. Because of this, DIY requires a lot of patience. If you are someone that requires fast results in order to gain satisfaction from your hobbies, then DIY definitely isn’t for you.
Much like DIY, arts and crafts also require a lot of patience and dedication of your time. Arts and crafts do differ slightly from DIYs as there are a lot of them that you can carry out quite quickly as there are millions of fast crafts available to learn online or in books. However, you will find that much like DIY, a lot of arts and crafts projects take a lot of time and patience in order to compete.
Arts and crafts have their own costs, but due to how diverse the hobby is, you are bound to be able to find something of interest that you can afford. For example, if you were to take up painting you would be able to find some inexpensive paints and brushes to use and you would get continuous uses out of these purchases. A lot of fun crafts can be done by simply upcycling things you have lying around the house, so the possibilities are really endless.
The most important thing that you need to consider when choosing between the two is figuring out which of the two excites you most, after all, if you are not passionate about what you are doing, then you won’t enjoy it.
September 28, 2020
When it comes to building your own Pc there are certain aspects that should not be sacrificed in terms of quality, gaming can require a high level of horsepower in order to give you the very best experience and gameplay. With this in mind, if you are on a budget and wish to start building your own gaming PC then there are some steps you can take to save money whilst creating a great device for you to play games on.
Building your own gaming PC requires a high-quality processor that can handle the strain of regular gaming, as this is something that cannot be sacrificed. You should spend a significant amount of your budget on ensuring your processor is powerful enough. High-quality processors are not too hard to come across, with online retailers offering some pretty good models at reasonable prices. Something to remember in all aspects of building your PC would have to be buying parts second hand, online auction sites like eBay stock a whole host of high quality used parts that could save you some money and work just as well as brand new ones.
Another part of your PC that cannot be sacrificed would have to be your cooling system, in order to ensure your PC lasts a long time and you don’t experience lagging or technical issues when your PC is in use. You should invest some of your budgets into a high-quality fan and cooling system because it will only cost you more money in repairs if your computer overheats and causes damage to other components.
Although there are some things that you cannot buy for cheap or low quality as it would seriously impact the performance of your PC, some components are not required to be the most expensive model and you can save yourself some money. If you get the fundamental components right you will be able to save money through things like having a lower quality monitor or Soundsystem, leaving out flashy LED lighting, or even using secondhand casings and keyboards. Components that don’t generally affect the performance quality of your computer are the ones that you can get away with buying at a lower price point, the aesthetic components like screen quality, keyboard, and lighting can be very expensive if you go for the new models, however, there are a range of cheaper alternatives out there if you broaden your search that can seriously help you stick to your budget.
Getting your PC up and running
Once you have sourced all of your parts, you will need to get started with the construction of your PC, if you have experience with working with technology you should be able to put it together pretty easily. If you are someone who isn’t as experienced you should be able to find very useful advice online or you could even source professional help so you have peace of mind that it has been done correctly.
Overall, building a high-quality gaming PC doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as long as the fundamental components are done correctly you should be able to save some money with features that aren’t necessary for performance quality. Building any kind of PC is going to save you money in comparison to buying outright and in no time you should be playing your favorite games. One game that has seen significant growth in popularity recently would have to be Rainbow Six Siege, with the latest rainbow six siege hacks being released to help gamers progress quickly. So why not start the process of building your own gaming PC now, and you’ll be playing the latest PC games in no time.
September 9, 2020
When we think about factories, it’s usually down to your generation whether you think about lines of workers or lines of machines producing a steady stream of products for all kinds of industries. In the last few decades, there has been a massive surge in automation, not just in the job sector but in every aspect of life. Believe it or not, there was once a time where clothes had to be washed by hand, and to adjust the volume on a TV, you actually had to get up from your chair and walk all the way over to the TV across the room. In a lot of ways, automation has made many aspects of our lives a lot easier. But this isn’t always the case. Many businesses have also begun to realize that in some cases, automation can help improve the consistency and quantity of products produced during a single day. While that’s great news for the higher-ups who will be able to line their pockets with even more of a profit, it spells disaster for the manual workers these machines have moved in to replace. So, will automation eventually completely eradicate manual labor jobs? Let’s discuss it and find out.
What are the Benefits of Automation?
Well, there are plenty of reasons as to why a company might prefer automation instead of a large team of manual workers and vice versa. One of the main reasons employers choose to invest in automatic machinery to run their production lines is that it eventually becomes far more cost-effective. Instead of paying a large number of workers a consistent wage over a lengthy period of time, companies can just invest in a one-off payment for a number of automatic machines and once the money breaks even, everything after the machines are paid off, is straight-up profit. It could wind up saving the company a lot of money long-term. Not only that, but machines are specifically designed to create a sustainable, consistent product that can even run through the night. Something manual workers would never be expected to do. Many machines can also be programmed to work at a speed unachievable by the average worker. Which again, will lead to increased profits for the company.
Which Industries Seem Safe?
Many craft jobs like construction can be improved by automation, but the bare bones of the work are still done by hard-working people. If you work hard enough and show your worth to your employer, you may find some more security in your job. If you love your manual labor job, you could always branch out and start your own business. Blogs like weldingmania are a great inspiration and are designed to remind you of the benefit of honing a craft and how it is still possible to prove your worth as an employee through good old-fashioned manual labor. Many businesses even have a preference for manual workers as they know they are people that have worked to improve their skills over a number of years and if they get sick, it’s a lot less expensive to deal with than if a machine were to break down.
What Can We Do?
If you’re unsure of the security of your manual labor job, one of the most important things you can and should do is to talk with your employer about whether they have any plans to switch from manual to automatic machinery on their production lines. Many companies are more than happy to keep the tradition of manual work going and would rather see people in a job than to have a large number of people lose their jobs over machines. It could reflect badly on the company if it seems they don’t care about the welfare of their workers. Many companies may not be able to afford to replace their manual workers with the multitude of machines it may take to properly construct every aspect of their products. While they are effective, automatic machines are certainly not cheap and many employers will have realized that. However, if you’re unsure and you’re wanting to avoid the risk of losing your job to a machine, why not look into putting your skills to good use and setting up your own business?
May 5, 2020
While many people frown upon the phrase “video game payer” due to its apparent nerdy connotations, the truth is we’re all video game players, including yourself most likely.
This is because while you may not have spent hours on end on the afk arena fansite like many hardcore PC gamers, you definitely have played candy crush or any of the other popular mobile games that have been around for years.
This is because mobile games are essentially the most popular form of video games, as they are played by millions of people from every corner of the globe. Just like the console and PC counterparts, they come fully equipped with psychological “progress” points to keep you addicted, and add-ones and upgrades to keep you paying. This is especially true for the free ones.
Given this huge market, the rate at which new mobile games are being created is only increasing, with each new tech start-up trying to find the next formula that will keep people addicted. In that regard, here are the biggest 4 success stories of 2020 so far.
By far the biggest mobile game of the year is Animal Crossing, which has taken the world by storm. It is a free-to-play game in which you create your own island with the help of villagers, with relationships with other characters being a big part.
According to Martijn van der Meulen, a development director with two decades of industry experience, it’s a success, like so many games, comes largely comes down to the opportunity cost of not playing.
“It’s the pressure of wanting to do the best you can for your village and your villagers. Collecting the fruits, catching the fish – you want to get as much as you can every day. It feels like a waste if you don’t shake one of the trees! That’s a few more bells you could’ve given to [your loan shark landlord] Tom Nook.”
Mini Motorways is more a strategy game, in which you plan a road system to effectively get people to and from different parts of the fictional city. It has great visuals, is addictive, and doesn’t have any pesky transactions that usually come with games of this kind.
Fortnite was a seemingly inescapable game in 2020. Even if people weren’t playing it, they were at least talking about it. Now in 2020 it’s reached the mobile market and has become, predictably, extremely popular.
It is cross-platform, you can progress you in-game assets such as skins for your console version, and is surprisingly easy to play. While it may not seem innovative, a 100-player game that can run on a smartphone is exceptionally hard to do, yet Fortnite has pulled it off fantastically
For those that enjoy the aesthetics, Valley 2 is the mobile game for you. The visuals are spectacular, in a way that is unlike anything that has come before. It is one of those games that make you really lose yourself in the world in the best possible way, despite the minimal storytelling.
September 20, 2020
The possibility of a Bitcoin revolution has been of hot discussion since the currency became a widely sought after commodity. Since cryptocurrency’s conception in 2008 by an anonymous source, Satoshi Nakamoto, mew questions about current legal tender, online transactions, and a universal currency have been in hot debate. In 2009, when the mining software for the cryptocurrency was released, anyone with access to the internet and the computer power to mine the currency has been able to use it in transactions with those who would accept it in trade. Bitcoin is the oldest form of cryptocurrency and since 2009, many other types of currency have been created and joined the crypto market. With Bitcoin being only twenty-two years old, cryptocurrencies have been a fast-growing digital tender, even in its usage and value. Transactions using the currencies have been taking place for years, and its popularity is only growing, so it’s understandable why so much discourse on cryptocurrency’s ability to replace current legal tender is being had.
To understand more of how this could be possible, an explanation of how cryptocurrencies are used, stored, and managed is in order, and why they are so revolutionary.
The lack of need for intermediaries
The largest reason Bitcoin has taken off, and the serious discussions around the coin replacing conventional money is the currency’s lack of need for an intermediary.
An intermediary is essentially the “middle person” of transactions. With fiat money (current legal tender, e.g. British pound, US dollar, etc.), the intermediary is the banks. With current legal tender, there needs to be a gatekeeper to keep track of all the money; who has what amount, who has bought what, who owes who what amount, etc. Banks are the trusted entities that safeguard the population’s money, in theory. In current societies, with current legal tender, these gatekeepers are needed in order for economies to function because without a trusted way (in theory) to managed and keep track of money, there would be no stable economy anywhere and each denomination across the world would lose its value. However, with Bitcoin, there isn’t a need for a middle person because of the inbuilt software of the Bitcoin open source.
Another key difference between many cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies is that there is a finite amount of Bitcoin, and once all of the coins have been obtained from the server, there is no more to add to circulation. This, along with the lack of need for an intermediary is why cryptocurrencies are so popular and so revolutionary.
To explain further why there’s validity in the discourses around Bitcoin becoming the new universal denomination can be explained through why Bitcoin needs no intermediary, and how there is a finite amount of the currency.
Blockchain and Mining
The reason Bitcoin needs no intermediary is because of blockchain. Blockchain is the core of all cryptocurrencies. Depending on the type of software and methods a currency uses, blockchain tracks when people mine it, every transaction that uses its currency, consensus, and many other types of tracking methods. Bitcoin’s blockchain tracks every transaction, every time someone mines currency from the server and stores it forever in order to keep track of the coin. This is very energy-intensive, and there are other, less energy-intensive ways of keeping track of coins, however, this is the method Bitcoin uses.
With Bitcoin’s blockchain tracking each mined coin and each transaction using the currency, there is no need for an intermediary. Computers keep track of the data across many servers and so this information can never be lost, and duplicates of coins can never happen. This ingenious way of tracking cryptocurrencies is one of the biggest reasons people think cryptocurrencies could become the new legal tender in years to come.
Furthermore, having a finite amount of currency means it cannot be devalued by adding more of the currency to the total pot. The value of Bitcoin can change like any other currency, but not because more is being made and therefore decreasing the value of all other Bitcoins. Again, this is one of the biggest reasons for discussions around cryptocurrencies becoming a currency of the future and a new way to revolutionize the way the world exchanges money.
Wallets and Portfolios
To buy cryptocurrencies, you need a wallet. A wallet can be hardware, like a USB stick or other external device, or it can be software, like an app you can download from an app store. However, to own cryptocurrencies, one needs a wallet. Wallets aren’t isolated to single currencies, they can hold as many currencies and amounts as you have (of course if your wallet is external, the amount is confined to the capacity of the hardware).
‘Portfolio’ is a term that describes the total amount of money one has invested across all cryptocurrencies. If one has enough money in their portfolio, and to spend otherwise, it’s possible to find and hire professionals, such as pillarwm, Investopedia, and Projectmanager, to manage them for you. This means if one has disposable income, to possibly loose through investments, you can hire someone to manage this money and invest it into different assets, one form being cryptocurrencies.
While there is still a long way to go before cryptocurrencies are made the universal form of currency, the basic infrastructure, tracking, personal management, and possibilities for economic growth is already there and waiting for the Bitcoin revolution.
May 11, 2020
The 21st century has been described as the tech era and it’s hard to argue against that. Almost every aspect of everyday life can involve the use of technology, from buying food to controlling the lights in your own home. Tech is making everything so much easier and it’s something that should really be embraced. Tech has also made its way into everybody’s love life and is making the dating scene easier and more interesting than it’s ever been. A lot of people don’t know just how beneficial tech can be in pursuing potential love interests and how it can help you maintain whatever relationships you have already built, here is why you need the latest tech to succeed in the dating scene.
One of the most popular ways that people are dating these days are through dating apps. There is a dating app to meet everyone’s dating style. There are short and long term relationship options available on these apps, so if you’re looking for a casual encounter or something more serious, you are bound to find something that meets your dating needs. Using dating apps is far easier than meeting a stranger in person as it’s not likely that you’ll approach someone based on liking their looks and actually speak to them. Dating apps allow you to introduce yourself to people you may never have met around the world too, which can only increase your ability to make connections with people you truly like. Because if you think about it, it seems unreasonable for your soul mate to be located in the little area that you live in. Meeting people online is also far safer than just meeting strangers, you have time to get to know them before you actually meet and so have the chance to decide whether or not they’re the right fit for you. But to be able to access these platforms, you need to own a phone or laptop.
As online dating has become more popular, you’re not always meeting the people you are talking to in person. A lot of what people see of you will be the pictures that you have online. This is why it’s important to have a high-quality camera to make you look the best that you possibly can. Nobody is going to trust a bunch of grainy pictures from years ago or the dreaded pictures that your friends have tagged you in, so it’s important that you present the best version of yourself online. A lot of dating apps are also based on people’s first impressions of your pictures, so you want to make sure you have the highest quality images available for viewing.
For when you have dates in person, tech can really help to make dating more exciting. There are plenty of phone apps that can spice up any dates, especially when you want to get to know each other. Tech can also be useful for anyone that has been out of the dating world for some time, or just hasn’t been in it at all. For anyone that is nervous to take those dating steps, there are a number of websites online that offer the best advice. There are also some that give handy dating tips and first date questions. So if you have the chance to look at the websites, you can ask these questions to a guy and really get to know who they are as a person. It also gets rid of a lot of those first date nerves, so you can spend less time worrying and more time getting better acquainted.
A large part of being successful in the dating scene is looking good. There is plenty of new tech on the market that can make your appearance look even better, meaning that you’ll have even better results when hitting the market. There is tech that can alter lots of parts of your body. For example, there are plenty of at-home teeth whitening tools that are available today. A lot of them release small amounts of UV rays that can naturally bleach your teeth. As we know, having good teeth is what a lot of people are attracted to.
May 8, 2020
The world of medicine is a complex and vital one. Without it, we would never have survived as a species. From the earliest medicine men using herbal remedies to alleviate suffering, right up to modern physicians using the complex and ground-breaking treatments to save lives daily. We are truly lucky to have such a strong medical presence in our society and so many wonderful people who dedicate their life to, not only carrying out the medical practice but doing the vital research and technological development necessary to combat the medical threats presented to us.
Our world is a digital one. Technology has ingrained itself into our daily lives in an unchangeable way. You cannot move for technology. And this growing change has affected the field of medicine as well. Thanks to smarter and more versatile tech we now have better medical care than we ever did. Below we are going to look at 6 Tech Advancements, from every tech field, that is changing the world of medicine for the better.
This one might surprise you. It isn’t what you would consider ground-breaking medical equipment. But not every piece of tech that aides the medical world needs to be used in hospitals or clinics. The Fit Bit is the prime example of tech that helps the medical field by proxy. Since its advent, people have fallen in love with it. Some say it has turned exercise into a game that people love to play and can be directly linked to the vast increase in the number of people adopting more health-conscious lifestyles. Since the device can monitor vital information about a person and their activity, it lets them see, in-depth, how their body is and makes them much more aware of their health. This is great because more people become aware, the less they rely on medical services for help. This means the hospitals and clinics are freed up to deal with more serious cases.
I know what you are thinking. Marketing? Isn’t that something used to benefit capitalism and sell products. And yes, it is. But that isn’t all it is used for. Thanks to the ever-improving technological landscape, marketing has become more efficient in spreading information. And the medical field has used this to great effect. By providing online information people are becoming more health-conscious and need to go to a clinic less. On top of that, it can be used by clinic owners to improve your clinic’s revenue. With smaller clinics getting more money, they can provide better health care.
This new tech is aiding those with asthma in a massive way. A large problem with conventional inhalers is there is always a chance it won’t be properly administered, and the patient will still suffer. There is also the chance of a patient taking too much at once and running out quickly. A smart Inhaler records how often the patient is using the device and can also tell if it has been used correctly. This little extra aide goes a long way in improving the quality of life for those who suffer from asthma.
You will have seen these all over the internet. Fascinating devices that have changed the world at large. And the medical field is no exception. For those who don’t know, 3-D printers work like a regular printer except they use materials to create a fully 3D product. How does this help the medical field? Simple. They can now print organs. While this tech is still in the early stages, the ability to print organs will sound millions of lives. No longer will people have to wait for someone to die to get a heart transplant, they can simply print one to order. The importance of this ability cannot be overstated.
When you think of VR, you think of video games before anything else. And there is a good reason for that. The gaming world relies on this idea of immersion and VR offers the ultimate immersion. But how can this help the medical world? Immersion therapy is already a thing, and VR can take this to the next level. Mental health is just as important as physical health and VR is changing the way Medical Professionals approach the subject.
A simple, yet effective one. As smartphones become smarter, they can look after us in greater ways. The ability of a smartphone to track our habits and location is often considered shady. But there are several stories of people having their lives saved because of the devices. Once such instance is a person’s smartphone realised, they were having a stroke, paired with a fit bit, before the patient did. The phone alerted the authorities and an ambulance arrived before the person even started showing signs, saving his life.