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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Getting Started in eSports: A Guide to the Best Tech

ESports has been in the running for quite some time, the first feasible example of eSports would have been Nintendo’s release of the Wii, Wii Fit and Wii Sports. Esports is defined as playing sports in a gaming format, whether it be through a simulator or video game, it can be a great way of getting some exercise whilst having fun. With the developments in virtual reality coming out in recent years you can now play sports games in a much more immersive format.

 

Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii is a classic gaming console that came out a good few years ago, the Wii came with a sensor and unique controllers so that your physical movements could be tracked in order to play games. Wii Sports was one of the first games to be released for the console and allowed players to simulate many different sports games from the comfort of their own home. The Wii really was ahead of its time in terms of being the first Esports capable console, as the Wii is controlled by your own movements it can get very competitive and actually provide you with some exercise. This is great for someone who struggles with going and doing physical exercise or even on those rainy days, it combines the fun of playing sports with the convenience of remaining in the comfort of your home, great fun for all the family!

 

Virtual Reality

Something a little more recent is the developments in virtual reality technology, the virtual reality trend has had a strong boost, many tech companies are releasing affordable starter kits for all of your immersive gameplay needs. In terms of eSports, the PlayStation virtual reality kit comes equipped with a sports games section including football, golf and bowling, this kit provides you with a balance of immersive gameplay and getting some exercise into your life.

 

Esports combines two very popular leisure activities, gaming and sports, gaming has grown so much in recent years and finding a balance between having fun playing games and having an active lifestyle has never been easier. There has always been a strong correlation with health issues like obesity and diabetes with the overuse of gaming consoles. Now there are devices out there that are both fun and promote a healthy lifestyle.

 

For those of you that look for something, a little more action-packed there are many first-person shooter games out there for your enjoyment. If you struggle to find the best games then  https://fps101.com/ has reviews and details for all the best fps games. Try your hand at various shooting games and work on your accuracy to become a quality player.

 

Overall, Esports is an extremely useful tool in order to be more active, the convenience of being able to play these sports in the comfort of your own home has caused a huge boost in its popularity. These games are all extremely fun to play alone or with friends and family for a great and competitive day, there are so many options when it comes to the sports you can play. If you are regular sports fanatic it can be frustrating when the circumstances don’t allow you to be active, maybe the weather is too poor, or maybe there’s nobody to play with. By investing in some form of esports you can be active and have some fun whenever you want to. Play alone, with computer-controlled players or with family, no matter where you are you are guaranteed to have a great time and as an added bonus you are getting moving on the road to a healthy lifestyle.

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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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How a Local Tech Firm helped Rebuild a Community

When you think of Tech Firms, I guarantee your first thought is large cooperate entities that seek to improve their bottom line, innovate their newest products, and advance the technology race. With our world becoming swamped in ever-changing tech, it is easy to assume these tech firms are disconnected from the real-world issues. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

A small community, informally called Kawana Island, in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, was faced with an issue that plagues a lot of Australia. Internet issues. These issues went further than simple downtime, it was impairing the livelihood of people working from home, starting up new businesses. It can be a crippling issue when you are looking for business IT support for your business and come up against a roadblock like this. Not to mention those simply hoping to keep in touch with others around the world.

History

To understand this issue we must look at why Australia has such notoriously terrible internet issues. It is a mix of historical lack of foresight and a shady plot of corporate control. The first issue goes all the way back to the introduction of phone lines in Australia. Famously the country set up all their connection lines using copper, which worked great for the time. But the issue is, now with fiberoptic, it is much less useful and in fact weaker than other alternatives. This compounded to mean download and upload speeds for the country as a whole are a lot weaker than other countries, and this itself gets weaker or stronger depending on the region of Australia.

Secondly, there was the issue of corporate plotting. Initially, the introduction of these internet services and managing was handled by a government body, in its early days. All the different internet providers had to follow the rules set out by legislation. But there was a shift in government. The people in the know, and running the companies, managed to get permission for the companies to go private and dictate their own rules for providing internet to its customers.

This means that customers are very limited in their options for internet services. The companies found themselves with the power to freely gouge their customers into paying higher prices for internet services that were weaker than cheaper alternatives in different countries. All of these compounds to create massive issues the country over.

 

Kawana

The small suburb of Parrearra, know as Kawana island, is where this all takes place. Being a suburb, and particularly one surrounded by water, Kawnw has been suffering from internet issues for years. Download speeds are beyond slow, communication to the outside is patchy and those trying to start up a business were faced with countless roadblocks on the path to success. The residents mostly made up of people who immigrated from England and America, also had an issue with allowing these people to get online to communicate with those they miss.

But that is where the small tech firm, Tech-Lite, stepped in. The firm was founded by a group of tech savants from Queensland who met during their school years. The idea came to them to try to tackle the issues that plague the residents of Queensland, and eventually, Australia. But to really start, they aimed small and looked at Kawana Island.

 

The Community

Tech-Lite decided to first approach the issues from a human standpoint. They began by canvassing the locals and organizing a meet and greet. Their plan was to get the issues straight from the local’s mouths. By doing this their thinking was that they could focus their design and programming on the stuff that is important to those around them. During this stage, they didn’t sell anything to the people but rather used this as an opportunity to get people talking to each other and find out their issues were similar and they weren’t alone.

But they didn’t expect what happened after. Once they had done their preliminary research, they went to the drawing board and began working on their newest innovation. Their plan was simple, creating a booster program and device that increases the download and upload of speed for people in troubled areas. They approached service providers and showed how this device might possible cut costs for both the providers and the customers.

They received significant push back from the major service providers who didn’t believe in the product or the idea. This seemed like a finishing roadblock that would be the end of Tech-Lite and the continuation of the issues on Kawana Island.

But they soon found this wasn’t the case at all. The residents of the island had banded together and launched an online campaign to raise awareness and funds for tech-lite. Once they shared their own stories of the issues they were facing and how nice it was to have a company looking out for them, people were quick to relate their own experiences and jump on board showing their support with both kind words and by opening their wallets to the cause.

While Tech-lite is still working to get everything done and dusted, this story is a fantastic example of how tech firms can work together with people and bring the wondrous advancements we have made with tech and use them to a better life for the average citizens. Nature and technology need not be separate, and Tech-lite is a great example of the unification of people and technology.

 

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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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These 5 Tech Firms Are Doubling Their contribution to Medical Chairites

These are troubling times. As the population of our planet continues to boom, every day we are faced with a new and varied crisis. And it comes in all shapes and forms. From natural disasters to hunger. And medical emergencies are no exception. While we in the western world are lucky to be blessed with advance medical treatments and drugs. But there are plenty of nations out there that go without.

Countless countries lack the basic medical supplies needed to deal with very basic issues. Broken bones, cuts and bruises, infection, and the like. All of these issues are extremely manageable and, in our society, we take it for granted. We forget that, when left untreated, these issues compound and become much more serious, even fatal.

And this is just the basic issues. These countries are often home to some of the most hazardous and potentially fatal illnesses known to man. Some that never even reach our shores yet ravage whole cities abroad. These illnesses often go undiagnosed and untreated due to the lack of medical staff, knowledge and supplies. The advance machinery and drugs we have at our disposal are not available to these countries. That is why medical charities, such as Water Aide or the Red Cross seek to end this medical disparity between nations. And contributing to these charities are all sorts of people and companies. Below we are going to look at 5 Tech Firms that are doubling their contributions to Medical charities in 2020.

Practicebloom

The medical marketing provider practicebloom has always been committed to assisting those running businesses in the medical field. They offer a variety of services to allow medical clinics and spas to grow. But their dedication to the medical field does not end there. They have always been an ardent supporter of medical charities the world over. And in 2020, as their company grows, they are seeking to further increase their contribution to these charities, hoping to bolster the good work they do.

Nord VPN

Not the company you would expect to see on a list like this, yet the geniuses behind Nord VPN have always been very keen on civil liberties. Their belief that privacy is a basic human right isn’t the only basic human right they advocate for. They have been staunch contributors to medical charities for years now, citing the idea that everyone should have access to medical care, and they hope to increase their contributions to these charities in 2020. They state that in these rough times people need to come together more than ever before.

Ecosia

The search engine that plants trees. Ecosia has been at the forefront of the environmental movement for a long time now. And they have been clear on their notion that all the money they make goes towards planting trees around the world to combat the increasing climate crisis and help restore nature to her former glory. But in these difficult times, they have decided to put some of the funds they earn towards different medical charities, for the time being. In these troubling medical times, we face pandemic together and Ecosia has shifted their outlook to help with this.

Microsoft

A big player in the game of charity. The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, actually runs one of the worlds most successful medical charities. He has always been outspoken about the medical disparity that exists in the world and strives to end it. He no longer has direct influence over what Microsoft does, but the company still holds the morals that Bill Gates instilled. To that end, they are pledging to double their contribution to medical charities around the world. Microsoft is a household name, and as such they know the impact their actions have. People listen when they talk. They follow their example. And by that power, they hope to inspire other companies to make a positive change and give more to those who need it most around the world.

Amazon

Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world right now. They are dominating the world of online sales. Their video streaming service is taking off and their customer service is improving. All of this is matched by an exceedingly large contribution to charities around the world. Amazons owner, Jeff Bezos, has come out in recent weeks saying Amazon is committed to increasing the amount of money they donate to charities across the globe, including medical charities. The tech giant is leading the charge when it comes to charity, setting a prime example of how a company in such a position of power should handle itself. With grace, care and compassion to those with less. A great example for all of us.

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5 Family Friendly Apps to Liven up Any Party

It is true that it has been a while since we’ve all partied, given the pandemic, but it’s not like family gatherings will never come back. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a wedding, or a birthday, we will soon one day be dancing with our loved ones the same way we did before. Personally, I can’t wait for this, as it has been months since I’ve had the opportunity to have a special moment with a friend or family member that wasn’t over Skype. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long!

However, the truth is that there can be dull moments even at the best of parties. Sometimes people aren’t in the right mood, sometimes an awkward situation occurs that nobody knows how to resolve, sometimes there are new guests who aren’t as similar to the usual crowd. It is times like these when a bit of help is needed to get the party going, and usually, this makes us turn to games like monopoly or truth or dare, which are great in their own right but can’t be played forever. Thankfully there are also many apps on the market that are great at transforming the atmosphere of a party from tense to laidback and relaxed. In this sense, technology hasn’t just provided us with a means of communication during these dire times, but also ways to have fun while in quarantine and beyond. With this in mind, here are 5 great family-friendly apps you can use to liven up any party, whether it’s a small one with the few family members you’re isolating with now or a big one in the future which I’m sure we’ll have when this all over.

Heads Up

You can probably guess what this one involves by the name. Created by talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up involves placing your phone on your head, with your phone displaying a name, as your family members try to show you using body gestures what that name is. The competitiveness comes from the fact that there is a timer that will run out if you don’t guess the name of the person. I say, person, as it will usually be a famous person, but it could also be an animal or a place. It could even be a silly accent, though this may want to be avoided if older grandparents are playing as this can cause arguments when they inevitably take it a step too far.

Bloop

If monopoly has failed to cause a family argument if sufficient proportion, then perhaps Bloop is the game to try to get the competitive spirit out of your family members. Designed mainly for large phones and tablets, Bloop is a rapid touch game in which players must tap their individual color tiles as fast as possible while they move, all at the same time. Fingers will clash, hands will collide, and maybe become fists if parent control isn’t applied!

Bluff Wars

As the name suggests, Bluff Wars is a game of lies. While it may seem lighthearted, it basically relies on how well you and your opponent can lie, which can cause some tension. That being said, it really is just a bit of fun for the most part that up to 6 family members can play.
Reverse Charades

This one is an absolute goldie. I’m sure you know the classic game of Charades, usually played by drunken family members on Christmas, but I bet you’ve never heard of Reverse Charades. In this game, one single person has to guess different words as they are acted out by the entire family, rather than everyone trying to guess what one person is acting out. Imagine your friends all trying to act out Lord of the Rings at the same time and you’ll see why this app has gotten so popular.

Sketch Party

Sketch Party is essentially a convenient form of Pictionary which can be transferred from your phone to an Apple TV, making the classic game a little less intense as you can just lounge on the sofa as if you’re watching TV while playing.

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Why Smart Tech is Changing the World of Real Estate Development

I would like to start this passage by writing that technology has revolutionized the world; this, of course, is no controversial statement that I have made; it is all rather evident. It is important, however, to really analyse and examine how this has affected our way of life and our planet; do we now exist in a post-human world. One industry that has been completely transformed by technology is that of real estate or housing. Now I am not going to write in this passage that tech has changed the entire landscape of the housing world people are still going to need their joiners or their septic companies. I am simply stating that cities have begun to rely on smart tech more than ever; as this passage will detail.

Why we Need Smart Tech

Well, it is all quite simple overpopulation; it has been predicted by the United Nations that by the year 2050 the global population will be at just under 10 billion people; with 66% of these people projected to be living in cities. The current global population rises by 220 000 people every day, and we will need somewhere for them to live obviously. The cities we currently reside in are truly at breaking point and are unable to cope with these new population demands. I mean listen to this fact, it currently takes over four hours to drive from one side of London to the other; this is due to the insane motor congestion. This has given real estate developers a real quandary how can they not only keep up with; but lower this congestion. Big problems need big ideas.

What Would a Smart Tech City Look Like?

A smart city would be extremely reliant on new technology. Which would involve increased automation? Think driverless vehicles, drone deliveries and automated production lines. These cities would use data to ensure that the lives of citizens were pleasurable. Robots would be on the streets to check on the health and welfare of citizens. Technology has made the world of real estate development have a new focus; think about what we can already do now. You can now control your central heating and your lighting from your phone. Which has all led to higher efficiency and lower costs for residents? Cities are becoming more and more tech-reliant and it is up to you to decide whether this is a good thing.

If you want an example of a city of the future then look no further than Barcelona. Barcelona is renowned for its public transport; with 230 separate bus lines. It also has the largest bike-sharing scheme in Europe which helps lower inner-city congestion. Cities now base their construction on Barcelona as the city has some of the lowest congestion in the world. To highlight this achievement in the year of 1999 the highly acclaimed Royal Institute of British Architects took an unprecedented move by awarding its Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to the city of Barcelona instead of an actual individual. The city of Barcelona should act as a model for the rest of the world.

How Technology has Affected Construction

Well if I take this back to my original point the world has become extremely overpopulated. Well to combat this new technology has given architects the ability to now 3D print houses. These 3D printed homes can be built for as little as 4000 dollars and can be constructed in as little as 24 hours. That is an entirely new home built in a day. Which is obviously a lot less time than any current construction project. 3D printed homes will be able to meet the new demand for housing that the modern world will bring.

Another major development in construction technology will be the use of drones. These industrial drones will have the ability to conduct a site survey at both a faster and more accurate rate than any human crew could possibly do, also at far less of an expense. Drone technology will allow for sharp picture interactive 3D maps. The future of both construction and drones are going to be deeply entwined.

Finally, is the use of virtual reality headsets. Virtual reality technology is most often used to create a model of a home or construction product; and then with the headset, you will be able to walk around your potential home. This tech will be of benefit to both the team and the client. The construction team will now have a greater understanding of the task at hand, and the client will have the opportunity to fully take in and appreciate what the project will look like upon completion. This will also allow for construction companies to find any faults in their build before the project has begun, this will help prevent delays and expensive changes to the design mid-build.

Technology is an inevitability and its role in construction is going to be instrumental. As I mentioned in the introduction of this passage we now exist in a post-human world; our roles in the world have lessened and lessened. What this has brought along is a revolution in thought as we combat our greatest threats. Homes can now be built in a day for such small prices, and physical construction, in general, has become something of ease. The real estate industry has embraced smart tech and is all the better for it.

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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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The 8 Deadly Tech Start-up Sins to Avoid

Start-ups are now a very popular way for people to get rich, especially for people in the tech industry. Contrary to popular belief, however, the odds that you will become a billionaire through are a start-up are low. About one in five million self-funded startups end up becoming with over $1 billion, and for every 1,000 start-ups that meet with investors, only around two actually obtain funding. Even then, if your start-up gets funded there is only a one in ten thousand chance that it ends up becoming worth over $1 billion.

That being said, there are ways to minimize risk early on, and this will help you increase your chances of success in the long run. Here’s the 8 main tech start-up sins that anyone hoping to make money should absolutely avoid.

1. Failure to find unsolved customer pain

The most successful startups tend too offer a product or service that nobody else offers, namely because it involves solving a painful problem that nobody else is willing to solve. It is sadly the case however that too many people think that their idea is so good they should roll out the product straightaway and simply wait for the money to come in. The reality is people are reluctant to try a start-up product unless it does this job of solving a problem that no other product is willing to.

2. Not enough passion for the industry

A general rule of thumb is to not start a tech start-up if you’re single motivation is to make lots of money. When it comes to start-ups, you really need to be spending about 90 hours a week with little to no pay if you want it to have any chance of success. It almost impossible to do work this hard and still be effective unless you are extremely passionate about the product. What will end happening is you will either burn out or end up with a lack luster product, and this is why passion is needed for true success.

3. Being too fiscally liberal

If you’re somebody who can’t save, don’t start a tech start-up. Many tech entrepreneurs are really engineers at heart, who want to build the perfect product and show the world their brilliance. They read about how easy it is to get investors and believe it won’t for them to do the same. This leads to them ignoring how fast they are burning through their cash supply as they assume that when the time comes to replenish, investors will be head over heels writing checks. The best networkers spend only on essentials and are always looking for new investors.

4.  Reluctance to receive criticism

One of the most common errors, particularly among tech start-ups, is refusing to let people see the product until it is perfect. There are many reasons for this. For instance, some people are scared their idea will get stolen, they are afraid nobody will buy it, or they may simply want to impress their peers more. However, failing to receive constrctive feedback from (potential) customers is almost always a death sentence for tech start-ups.

5. Lack of tech skills

If you think the job of a CEO for a tech start-up is to simply thinking up theoretical ideas and hiring other people to do all the practical work, you’re dead wrong. A big reason start ups fail is because CEO’s can’t do the work that is needed to get the product running. Many tech startups have failed because the founder couldn’t code properly, for example. In the end, your odds of success lie largely on how much you know about software and related fields when it comes to tech start-ups.

6. Inability to raise funds

If you have never raised capital for a project before, you will probably be surprised at how difficult it is. The truth is that you will be rejected over and over before somebody says yes. To avoid this, you should make sure you’re presenting potential investors with the right information that will lead them to actually invest.

7. Poor leadership

A true start-up killer is a leader who fails to recruit the best people for the job. This is equally true if he finds the right people but is unable to motivate them. The hard reality is that if you aren’t a natural leader, it is very hard to become one, even if you train hard. In addition to this, the skills needed for a 10- person start-up are much different to those for a 500-person start-up. However, a good leader always has charisma, a good track record of success, and a compelling vision.

8. Weak team

Finally, a weak team is just as bad for a start-up as a poor leader, make sure you don’t make either of these mistakes!

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