How Chicago Is Becoming The New Silicon Valley

It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the most populated cities in the United States after New York and Los Angeles. Its population is 2.7 million and up to 58 million people visit it in a year. Therefore it comes as no surprise that, in recent years, Chicago has received a tremendous surge in the technology industry. According to a new KPMG report, Chicago is listed as a candidate for the home of an international hub for innovation due to its huge range of talent and infrastructure.

Chicago has also ranked highly in the best in the growth of jobs in the technology sphere. Careers in tech soar in this city, thriving in the range of opportunities on offer there that are unmatched anywhere else. this is the result of many incredible tech companies being based here, from Google to Motorola. It really is the place to be in terms of career progression and fully releasing the potential of your skills and talents.

The City Itself

Chicago is perhaps most well known for its manufacturing companies but after the rise of digital media and successful tech ventures, Chicago has capitalized well on this new technological age. A survey recently carried out by the University of Minnesota showed that Chicago has the sixth-largest high tech company in the U.S. This has been through the success of businesses such as Groupon, a company that gives people coupons and daily deals. Since Groupon was founded in Chicago, it has given the city visibility and revealed it as the place to be for new business start-ups.

When I was younger, I went to Chicago. It’s astounded me. I come from a small farm in Texas and was instantly dazzled by the bright lights and buzzing city that seems to have a life of its own. My mum took me on the subway and the place really felt amazing. It’s so much more exciting than any other city I’ve been to and its no surprise big tech companies are starting up there. If I was a CEO, I would start there without a doubt. It’s teeming with culture and life and has a vibrancy you simply don’t find in other places.

I have a friend who wanted to start a business with his wife. They had been brainstorming an app idea for nearly two years when they finally got a bank loan and decided to just go for it. I asked him where he would set it up and he said Chicago without hesitating. He had been a subscriber to many business magazines and he knew that the smartest place to go was Chicago. So they packed their bags and off they went. He called me on the first night he got there. I’ll never forget him telling me how amazing the city was. He wasn’t a huge fan of the pizza but he said what Chicago lacks in the crust, it more than makes up for in dough. The place just screamed success and wealth. He became a millionaire a year later, all thanks to Chicago.

He now has a huge office building. I asked him about how he repairs all his windows and he said he uses a very reliable window company called Friendly Windows.

 

The New Valley

Silicon Valley is old news. It’s had its time and now it is being succeeded by a place with a rich heritage and fresh look on the tech industry. About once a year I go to Chicago just to see the tech wizards at work. I visited Silicon Valley once on a holiday just out of curiosity and it was a terrible mistake. The place was lifeless compared to the thriving and fun-filled city of Chicago in Illinois. Whenever I ask my business owner friend and his wife their advice on a business-related matter, they always encourage me to come to Chicago as it has the answers. From it’s incredible skyscrapers to its railways, it’s already a work of art by its own merits. But now it’s adapted to the modern world and you can’t enjoy the feel of the place.

Computers are the new bicycles. Everywhere has them and technology is constantly evolving. I remember when I was younger having a computer the size of an oven. Now everything has gotten so much smaller and cleverer, it’s easy to forget sometimes just how fast everything is moving. And in Chicago, the place feels lightyears ahead of the rest of America. It’s moving so fast there because it has the smartest people. Talent is in surplus there and it provides a comfortable yet challenging environment for CEOs and programmers alike. You’ll never find a more dynamic and business-focused city than Chicago. I always thought this would be New York or even a city abroad like London or Tokyo but no, Chicago is the technological hub for all major changes in the industry.

I tell my parents this but they don’t believe me. They still think it’s New York. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York. It’s got great pizza and wonderful shows but it’s never taken a hold of the technological world quite as well as Chicago. And that’s okay. It can’t be perfect at everything. But if you really want to grow your tech business, one year in Chicago will increase your profits enormously. Go there and give your business the edge it needs. Chicago is waiting.

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9 Cool Gadgets That Will Change The Way You Live

Curious friends using modern gadgets and devices at home

Considering how much time it can help us save, it’s no wonder the majority of the world has accepted technology with open arms. With the vast amount of technology out there for anything you can think of, it can be overwhelming to decide on what is worth investing in.

Technology often isn’t cheap. Good quality products often come at a price and although it’s a shame, the vast majority of us don’t have the money to spend on all the tech we want to try out.

So, to make it easier for you to decide, this guide will show you 9 of the most awesome gadgets, with a range of both technological and practical options that will make sure you’re out there living your best life!

Fitbit

A gadget that has been sweeping the nation (and for good reason), the FitBit is a handy companion for anybody hoping to keep on top of their fitness. With a range of features and a wide selection of colours to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect one for you.

The waterproof watch comes with a handy feature that can not only track your steps and distance, but it can also let you know what your heart rate is while exercising. It can be handy to keep an eye on your heart rate so you don’t accidentally overdo your workout.

Portable WiFi and Power Bank

While many people have discovered the benefits of investing in a power bank, surprisingly few people are aware of the unbelievably useful power bank that also comes with a built-in mini wifi router.

We often take wifi and our data for granted. But when we go on vacation, we quickly realize that not everywhere actually has internet – which when you’re in a completely new and foreign country may lead to more issues than you’d care to think about.

Save yourself the hassle of counting on your three-star hotel having excellent wifi and ensure you aren’t left in the dark by having your own connection!

Polaroid

More of an old-fashioned gadget, it’s been making a massive comeback in the last few years. With a range of beautiful and aesthetically pleasing colours to choose from, Instax is the place to find the perfect polaroid camera for you.

You’ll find every memory much more precious when you have a polaroid to remember it by. Mark important moments in your life with your friends and family and give yourself a multitude of wonderful and heartwarming memories to look back on. It’ll warm your heart every time you look back.

Working on table with gadgets

Mesmerizing Wireless Charging Pad

Okay, so it may not be ‘life-changing’, but hell does it look cool. When I first saw a video of one of these bad boys online my jaw dropped. As the Magic Array charging pad lit up as the phone was placed, it looked as though the phone was powering a mystical tablet. You’ll feel like a wizard every time you go to charge your phone and it’ll certainly impress all of your friends.

GoPro

Have you been bored with your routine? Well, now is the time to shake it up. Invest in a GoPro to get some awesome handsfree footage of all of your adventures.

Whether you’re hoping to get better footage for your travel vlogs or if you’re wanting to try out skiing or any other dangerous activity for the first time, why not get proof of your achievements to show your friends and family when you get back! Free up your hands and focus on enjoying yourself with this nifty little camera.

Electric Scooter

The first mention of a gadget that will help with transportation, an electric scooter is a great alternative transport. While not only getting you to your destination faster than walking, it is also an environmentally friendly alternative to taking a bus or car.

Considering how much it can improve your daily commute, it also makes an amazing gift. You’ll find links to scooters and other great gifts just like it at Stonefoot. You’ll be the absolute talk of the town when you rock to school or work on your electric scooter.

Ring Video Doorbell

The sort of thing you’d imagine to see on one of those 3 am infomercials, this product is actually incredibly useful. If you’re looking for some extra security for your home, this is the perfect place to start.

This doorbell comes with a handy little camera that means that even if you aren’t at home, you can see who is at your door and keep your home safe. Another handy feature is its built-in microphone that allows you to ask the person at your door what they’re there for. It can prove an effective deterrent for any potential scammers or thieves if they believe you’re still home.

Portable Blender

Perfect for all you budding chefs or fitness fanatics. Blend up perfect smoothies or sauces in an instant with a portable blender. Given its smaller size, it almost entirely reduces the clean-up time, while also giving you the perfect amount for a personal portion of whatever you’re wanting to concoct. Impress your friends and family with your delicious creations.

VR Gaming Set

An amazing addition to any gamers collection, with the out of this world experience VR gaming provides, it makes total sense that so many people are trying it out for themselves. It’s something that’s honestly too difficult to describe. Just trust us, it’s worth the investment!

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The Four Biggest Tech Expos Coming in 2020

Tech expeditions are at an all-time high for popularity; this is amongst both company and consumer; as it is the chance for the world’s biggest companies to show off and highlight their new products or innovations. Ever since their heyday of the early 2010’s they have continued to expand and grow; and are just as extremely important and popular. Here are four expeditions I as a fan am personally extremely excited for.

Sony IFA

Though this event is sponsored by Sony it does still host a variety of the world’s biggest tech corporations; as they compete to show off the coolest new products in the Berlin-based convention center. This year however there will be a twist; due to the coronavirus the event was feared to be canceled, but it is managing to still go ahead, and well quite fittingly it will be held online. Tech firms at the event usually show off new laptops, smartwatches, phones, and another similar casual tech. It is not a particularly specialized event, but it does give the consumer an opportunity to see what some of the world’s biggest tech giants will have to offer over the calendar year.

E3

E3 like the IFA conference is also taking place online in 2020, so not in its usual Anaheim convention center. E3 is an opportunity for companies to show off new games, films, and consoles. Over recent years we have seen exclusive announcements of both new X-Box’s and PS4’s. Though this announcement stream has slowed down recently; for gaming and cinema E3 is just as important as ever; as it has such a high exposure and is so well regarded amongst tech-heads. E3 has also become known for its film announcements with the at time new Avengers trailer debuting at the event. Which simply leered the eyes of film nerds on to E3 too. Now I am sure you are a smart cookie like me and use certain streaming sites to watch these films, but now couchtuner has been taken down I would check out digitalconnectmag’s couchtuner alternatives to find your new streaming site of choice.

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit

The Gartner Digital Workplace Summit aims to highlight tech that can increase a company’s workforce productivity and just general efficiency. This event receives particular interest from larger corporations as they are always looking for ways to increase productivity. The Gartner Digital Workplace Summit claims on their website that they aim to transform the employee experience, technology and application strategies, effective program management for the digital workplace, and powering the future of work. As this highlights this expo is more for the corporation than the general consumer; as it looks to offer real-world solutions; but is still important none the less.

Adope Summit

The 2020 Adope Summit has been running for over a decade and this year it will also be held virtually, but the main virtual hosting arena will be in London, England. In 2019 the Adope summit hosted over 16 000 industry leaders and motivational speakers. The Adope summit is seen as the premier event for digital marketing; offering insight on marketing trends and future innovation. Again, this event is probably more for the industry insider than the casual. The event is really brilliant though for anyone just starting out in the industry as it can really give you the opportunity to learn with and make inroads with established figures.

Looks like the Coronavirus pandemic could not spoil everything in 2020 we still have our expeditions!

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How Mobile Gaming has Changed the Gaming World

Anyone could agree that the evolution of mobiles over the last decade has been remarkable. We have gone from phones with no other purpose than to call and text, to carrying around devices with the power of a laptop in our pockets every day.

The average phone these days are even more powerful than the average laptop and is capable of a long line of tasks. Because of the improvement of the power of phones, they have managed to break into the gaming world at full force. Here is how mobile gaming has changed the gaming world.

The Power of Mobile

Now, games have always been available to play on phones. These games have always been straightforward games that don’t require too much power, the perfect example of this is the classic game Snake that I’m sure everyone has had the chance to play.

As devices have got more powerful, developers have started to really push the kind of games that they can make. The average phone games these days are more comparable with games from classic consoles, which really shows how far technology has gone.

For the past few years, there has been the debate of whether or not mobile gamers can be considered gamers and with the ever-increasing difficulty of new games on the market, it’s hard to argue that they’re not. Mobile games have become more than puzzles and repetitive clicking, they actually require a level of strategy.

A lot of games on mobile are now PVP, so they take quite a bit of thought.  When it comes to some games you have to be able to differentiate between character selection and choose the best heroes to focus on.

The use of mobile gaming has also made the world of gaming more inclusive than it has ever been.  To game in the past you would either need to invest in a pricey gaming computer or a console. For some people, these costs just aren’t reasonable for their lifestyles as they would have to spend hundreds of dollars getting the console, they also have to fork out the costs for all of the games.

Mobile gaming only comes with the cost of your phone, which you most likely have already,  and mobile games. Mobile games are also far cheaper than any console games, so anyone that uses it is saving a lot of money. Mobile games have just made it far more accessible for people with interests in games to take part in the gaming community, without worrying about all the costs.

Game developers have also started to take notice of the growing popularity surrounding mobile games and have started to make some of their console games available via phone. Some examples of this are games like Fortnite and Minecraft, that have managed to replicate their games to fit the model of a phone. Once again, this is capable because of how powerful phones have gotten over the years, putting a lot of power into such a small device.

Mobile gaming has also helped to connect friends. For those of us who can’t afford to buy consoles or computers to play games, it’s easy to feel like you’re being left out without much control. Due to the cross-platform nature of a lot of the games that you can download on your phone, it is now easier than ever to connect with friends to play some of your favourite games. This means that you can start quests and have some competitive gameplay with the people that mean the most to you, so you no longer need to miss out.

Mobile gaming has also made its way to headlining a lot of gaming events because of its growing popularity. It is not unheard of to hear people getting excited over the release of a new phone game.

A big selling point of why mobile gaming is so popular is because of how it offers the opportunity to game on the go, you can play any game you want just walking down the street or on break at work, this kind of mobility simply hasn’t been matched by any other gaming platform on the market today.

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Google’s new record, 1 billion visitors in May

1 Billion Visitors for May: Another record by Google

1 Billion Visitors for May: Another record by Google

If the data of ComScore is to be believed, Google has smashed its earlier record and made a new one. The data says that there have been one billion unique visitors and that too from all around the globe on the popular search engine in May. This is a spike of 8.4 % from what was experienced in May, last year.

In May of 2010, there are 931 million unique visitors on this popular search engine in comparison to May in 2011, when this number had crossed the 1 Billion mark.

A distant second place was scored by Microsoft, which witnessed 905 million unique visitors. The third and fourth positions were respectively held by Facebook and Yahoo. While Facebook witnessed 714 million visitors, Yahoo witnessed 689 million visitors. Facebook took the lead over Yahoo last year, but now it seems that we’re going to see this trend continue shortly.

ComScore has also mentioned that the game is not entirely about visitors, as advertising is the primary source from which these companies make money. Advertisers on the internet care about how much time people have spent on a particular ad instead of how many people have visited the ad, what kind of gadget they use to browse, and this is the area where Google and Microsoft lose their advantage.

Users of Facebook have recorded the most amount of time on the website with near about 250 million minutes in May. 204 million minutes and 200 million minutes are the time recorded by users of Microsoft and Google, respectively.

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