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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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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[UPDATE: CHANGES] Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3 to developers

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iOS 5 beta 3 released to developers by Apple

Apple has seeded iOS 5 beta 3 for registered developers. The build number of iOS 5 beta 3 is 9A5259f. In addition to this, a new iTunes 10.5 beta has been released, too, for Mac OS X by Apple.

You should remain tuned for the updates. The beta is being installed on our mobile gadget by us right now.

Updates

Here, are the changes that we’ve found in this version:

  1. Now the user can enable as well as disable the location services from the initial setup itself.
  2. The user has got the choice to enable or disable the system services which are going to have the location services.
  3. You can now know which version has been installed by you from the software update.
  4. Voice Roaming has been added.
  5. In the Safari settings, the users have got back the option to clear cookies as well as data.
  6. In the Safari preferences, the user will get a new and advanced menu.
  7. The iTunes wifi sync has got a new name.
  8. If we look from an initial standpoint, we’ll see that the entire beta version has just got way snappier. There were a large number of bugs that have been addressed as well as fixed, and the performance has also been improved.
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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 6 Strangest Innovations in Technology

Strange innovations abound in cultures where creativity is rewarded. With the growing rate of college graduates and the ever-increasing interest in scientific developments, technological innovations are becoming better publicized and funded. Here are some of the most interesting innovations of today.

1. Human Flesh Printers

Strange but true, these 3D printers are able to create human tissue such as heart muscle, jaw bone, and even blood vessels. Scientists hope to eventually print whole organs, which could be used for scientific experimentation. As seen on Big Bang Theory, 3D printers are becoming more commonplace with each passing day and are considered some of the best online shopping for geeks.

Before these printers existed, testing was conducted on animals more often. When scientists succeed in further-developing these devices all animal testing could cease to exist.

2. Urinal Entertainment

Developers (who are probably male) decided that it’s far too boring to simply urinate in the men’s restroom.  Thus, they designed games that are animated by strong streams of urine in urinals. By aiming carefully men who once wrote in snow can now score touchdowns with pee, message friends, and draw fine art that is displayed on screens above the toilet. Who ever bought into this concept could really have used some stock investing tips. It takes flushing money down the toilet to a whole new level.

Long ago in restrooms not too far away, men used to urinate quickly, wash their hands, and return to their dates. However, in today’s strange technologically advanced world, men are lollygagging in loos to play with pee.

3. Powerful Grass

It seems like an image from a science fiction book: someone in need of a quick cellular charge drops the device into green grass and then resumes using it. Yet, today this bizarre vision is a reality. Solar power is harnessed by grass-like devices, which transfer the power to any electronic object nearby.

Before solar-powered grass, people relied on electrical plugs. How odd.

4. Sewage Flowers

Sprawling lagoons of hyacinth are used to treat water containing sewage in the South, an innovation discovered by NASA. It is possible because of microscopic bacteria, which live on the tiny fibrous roots of hyacinth plants. These bacteria break down sewage as well as industrial metals and much more.

Before this innovation, sewage was sometimes dumped into lakes (such as Utah Lake) or otherwise treated with harsh chemicals.

5. Telepathic Robotic Limbs

Mind-operated limbs are now able to respond to the mere thought of walking, jumping, or sitting. These limbs are revolutionizing the way disabled veterans and others move and live today. Researchers believe this development will go further and lead the way to fully functioning robots.

Most disabled people today are still using simple prosthetics, but with a little funding these mind controlled limbs could become as common as wheelchairs.

6. Human Batteries

If you thought human batteries only existed in The Matrix, then you were wrong. Researchers in Paris have used human body heat to power 17 apartments near Rambuteau Metro. In Stockholm, engineers are able to collect enough human heat from the Central Railway Station to heat the 13-story building, Kungsbrohuset. With the average human disposing of 100 watts of heat per day while sedentary, as well as containing the same amount of energy as a one-ton battery, scientists believe the Parisians are on to something big!

Could body heat one day replace the hopes for cold fusion? The world is working hard to come up with solutions for human consumption issues, such as fuel and heat.

All over the world scientists are working to prepare the human race for climate changes, food limitations, and issues involving overcrowding. 2013 could be the year a strange innovation finally resolves human problems such as HIV and trash recycling.

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