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  • April 18, 2019

    SiriusXM and Pandora Launch Pandora Now

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  • April 16, 2019

    How to Choose the Perfect Gaming Chair

    Because of technology, you spend almost the entire day seated in front of your computer either working or playing. You spend so many hours sitting that an uncomfortable chair will keep you from enjoying your games or focusing on work. If you have a gaming PC, then most likely you have already thought of buying a gaming chair. As a gamer, you might spend many hours playing Devil May Cry 5, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, or some other video game. If your chair is uncomfortable, you would have to stand and stretch from being sore because of sitting for so long. Below are some tips to help you choose which gaming chair would best suit you. Comfort When choosing a gaming chair, your priority should always be the comfort since you spend hours on end sitting on it. It’s comfortable enough when you can enjoy your games without getting sore. To provide proper comfort, a gaming chair should have the following: Headrest: After playing long hours, you would need to take a break, so having a place to rest your head is always good. It’s better if the chair is able to lean back. It will keep you from getting a stiff neck and help you maintain good posture. Armrest: It’s necessary for gaming chairs to have an armrest. It supports your arms and helps them relax while you’re button mashing or clicking on objects when playing the games you love. It also provides a proper place for your arms so they don’t get tired or ache after playing long hours. Back support: For maximum comfort, back support is essential for any gaming chair. As you play, you need a comfortable place on which to rest your back so you don’t have to worry about getting backaches from sitting...
  • As the world’s leading economies struggle to confront the threat of climate change by reducing emissions and investing in renewable, carbon-neutral energy sources, efficiency has become a key concept for industries around the world. While a fully carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative future is still a long way, off, reducing the amount of energy required for a variety of industrial applications is on the most important short-term developments that can buy time and curb climate change’s worst impacts. Technological innovations that improve energy capture and efficiency have been an essential part of this process, and here are just a few ways that green technology is helping to make industries better able to conserve and recycle energy. Cool Roofs Most traditional construction techniques use asphalt roofing or shingles to keep the water out. But these dark colours suck up huge amounts of heat, which in turn drives up cooling costs in the building itself. Cool roofs use lighter shades of shingle or roofing material to make the roofs themselves more reflective, so the roof retains less heat and the house stays naturally cooler. Given that many factories and plants occupy huge square footages, have vast roofs, and require careful climate controls, cool roofs are a cheap way for manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint. Smart Glass Windows are designed to let in heat and light during the colder months, but in the heat of summer, glass’s ability to conduct heat, light, and radiation becomes a drawback. Blinds, awnings, and shades are used to keep light out, but these solutions are often imperfect. Smart glass is designed to automatically “dim” the amount of light being let in. Experts suggest that smart glass coated skyscrapers could require twenty-five percent less heating, ventilation, and air conditioning energy than skyscrapers using conventional glass. Energy Capture Heating...
  • Conventional jobs such as financing, manufacturing, and other industries are still in demand, but more cyber security careers are needed in any industry. In fact, there is a large number of career opportunities in Seattle – from startups up to well established tech companies – that are in need of candidates with a degree in information technology and has excellent tech skills. So when you’re a cyber security or information security degree holder, you have the following career paths to choose from: Information Security Analyst Becoming an information security analyst requires a degree program related to computer science or information security specialization. If you want to land a job with big corporations, graduating from an MBA program or prestigious and reputable academic institutions such as Norwich University can give you an edge. Often, employers prefer a graduate with an excellent background in information systems. Therefore, you should wisely choose a degree or enroll in a known university to achieve such an aspiration. An information security analyst or ISA’s main task is to keep the computer networks and systems of a company well-secured and protected. Additionally, if you’re an ISA, you are also responsible for installing firewalls and data encryption using software that you plan and execute. During worst-case scenarios like cyber attacks, you must have designed plans that will recover systems and data of the company. To stay professionally aware of cyber threats and industry trends, you must continuously network with professionals in your industry, and research on security technologies. Here are the two topmost benefits of being an information security analyst: High pays. Although an inexperienced information security analyst doesn’t earn as much as an experienced ISA does, they still earn way above other traditional jobs. The annual median salary for entry-level ISAs is USD 64,000, while not less...
  • This month the internet officially became a grown up – or should have. Turning thirty today is what twenty was decades ago. By this age, you’re expected to have become responsible – for yourself, and maybe others. Is the internet responsible? Or is it still in the wild throes of youth refusing to become so? Tim Berners-Lee, the designer of the net, marked its 30th birthday with a statement describing how it started, and what he thinks of it today. He said it was described as a vague, but exciting project.  Therein may lie the crux of the matter. It was exciting, yes – but vague. No one had any idea of the impact it would have on the world. The village it’s created of the world has accelerated our growth exponentially. Except in countries where controls exist, it is still the land of the free, even though it isn’t all free, nor always for free. Its makers did not foresee social media and election tampering. For these reasons, Berners-Lee has had cause for apprehension over what his child has become. However, like any parent, he’s optimistic that things will straighten out. Parents see the potential, the opportunities, and the necessities. Though we might want to preserve our playing ground, we need to make sure it’s a safe place to be in, not strewn with broken glass and rusty nails (social media and fake news).  Concerns are that it’s no longer serving humanity If it’s a power or a force, it is in the hands of those using it. Video chat app developers would probably not choose a gun touting gang as a model user, but the latter is still using it that way. We can, of course, use technology to fight technology: to close, shut down, or spontaneously combust...
  • Everyone has a friend that is a self-professed tech-friend. They will stand in line for hours to get the newest flagship phone. They will scour the internet for news and rumors to get all the details they need on upcoming releases. Their social media feeds are filled with unboxing videos, reviews and recommendations of the hottest gadgets. They are undeniably obsessed. The one problem that comes with getting a gift for a tech-fiend is that your options are usually pricey. You can’t exactly dish out hundreds of dollars for a single birthday present — especially if there’s a chance that they already bought it for themselves! Here are some ideas for gadgets and gizmos that will be perfect for your friend and your budget. For the Forgetful Friend: As much as your friend loves the newest gadgets, they always seem to be losing them. You’ve watched them tear apart their living room in search of their headphones and desperately dig into their bag to find their portable console. A great gift for your scatterbrained companion is a Tile tracker device to help them find any precious items they’ve misplaced around the house or lost outside of it. All they have to do is place the device on a key ring or attach it to the back of any tech, then download the free app. The Tile piece will ring if they’re in range, so they can locate their remote or Nintendo Switch stuck in between the couch cushions. If they really lose their expensive item, the Tile app will show where it’s located on a map, for a quick and easy recovery. For the Style Icon: Sometimes tech can look strikingly similar. All the sleek designs seem to focus on shades of silver or black. While these shades are classics...
  • Growing retail businesses, big box locations and shopping centers benefit significantly from regular ongoing retail facility maintenance, including preventative maintenance and inspections. A facility manager is usually doing this kind of maintenance, ensuring that the facilities used in businesses run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Knowing the condition of the property, including the building envelope and roof, can save time and money when expensive repairs can be caught early. In the past this has involved many man hours to check the entire roof and upper portions (think those decorative towers on malls). Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are beginning to play an integral part in increasing efficiency in some industries, and that includes retail facility maintenance surveys. Facilities team are starting to create best practices and new ways to safely and legally use drones to do site surveys of malls, shopping centers and big box retail stores. Technology is Neat! If you’re new to the drone technology, here are some reasons why it’s important in retail facility maintenance. Increases Cost Efficiency Of Business Operations Using a drone for your retail facility maintenance surveys will help your business save money. Retail facilities are usually big, and they require a lot of manpower to ensure that each facility is inspected. Take, for example, roof maintenance. It’s an activity that’s not only time consuming, it also increases the chance of work-related accidents happening. If you have a drone, you can quickly survey the roof and check for repairs. You don’t just save time, you’ll also save money, as you can do roof maintenance more frequently. Some portions of the facade can also be hard to see/inspect without renting lifts, scaffolding, or getting out a ladder. The time you saved inspecting the roof could be done doing other tasks. While the mere use of...
  • Modern life has now enabled us to rely on the internet more and more for information and performance of tasks. This is mainly due to the way in which searches and search engines crawl the internet for us to collect the information that we desire. Below we will take a look at how these searches have changed the way we live today. Holidays In the past, we heavily relied on travel agents to sort out our annual holidays. Now, we are now able to go online and seek out the best deals for our holiday plans by ourselves, for instance using sites such as Expedia. We are also able to easily compare prices against different providers as well as add little luxurious add-ons that we may not have been aware of before. Another aspect that makes online travel shopping invaluable is that it is paperless, so we are able to protect the environment from material resources. People Finding The internet is full of places to interact with people, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These are all great ways to seek out people we have known in the past and reconnect with them. The internet is also a great place to start if you need to find a long-lost friend or relative. For example, a public record lookup can be performed in order to give you some information about where to start your searching. Educational The internet is also one of the best tools for those that are in need of education. You can find massive amounts of information on a particular subject without the need of visiting libraries. Online journals are now readily available for everyone to access, which now means that, rather than having to wait for someone else to return the copy of a specific text, all...
  • Successfully designing a coffee bag that conveys the lifeblood of your brand will help your product to stand out in stores and ensure buyers recognize and buy your coffee more and more. No roaster should ignore the significance of a well-designed coffee bag as this is a unique opportunity to capture your love for coffee, the story behind your brand and your unique selling point in a minimalistic but classy design. If done right, this huge responsibility would benefit any coffee brand that hopes to make a unique mark in the coffee landscape and the heart of their customers. So, if you’re looking to create your coffee bags and boxes, here are a few creative tips to guide you in your coffee packaging design. Decide On Your Coffee Packaging Bag From the quad bottom coffee bag, quad seal bag, Bag-in-Bag coffee box to the doypack and pillow bag, brands must decide on the most suitable bagging option for their coffee. Considering that there are so many different pouch options, you should only opt for stand-up, airtight options as these designs are more acceptable to consumers. In more ways than one, what the coffee comes in is as equally important has the content itself. So, maintaining a timeline of quality and consistency in selecting your coffee packaging will ultimately decide on the possibility of a design breakthrough. You can choose from wide range of coffee packaging options offered by ePac flexible packaging company. Choose Your Style Every roaster needs to differentiate itself from its competitors – and one of the simplest ways to accomplish that is through your unique style. Drawing attention to a coffee packaging design entails adding an element of uniqueness or elements that are otherwise not present in the coffee market. You could choose to go vintage or...
  • October 30, 2018

    5 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Gadgets

    Technology has become a huge part of everyone’s daily life, most of all with the gadgets we carry on us a lot of the time. Personalizing these items can be fun and an expression of one’s personality. Since electronics only have small variances in the options you have available, it can be nice to make it your own. New accessories are constantly keeping up to date with the evolving technology. These 5 easy ways can help you to express your individuality by providing a way to personalize your gadgets. Phone Cases Cases are a way to keep your phone protected and decorated at the same time. It’s a given that the fancy new smart phones that come out every year become more and more delicate. iPhones, having a glass screen, need to have a case to reduce the chance of cracking. But no one wants a bulky boring case. Luckily, there are designs and colors galore to choose from. Whether you have a favorite color or certain style, you are sure to find a case to suit you. Swapping cases for every occasion can be easy. Want to accessorize your Halloween costume? There are even iPhone cases for Halloween! Creative cases come in all sizes and can even help give you inspiration for a costume. Pop Sockets Pop sockets are a new trend for the smart phone industry. They are small circles that pop in and out and stick on the back of your phone. This accessory provides an extra piece to grip onto when you are holding your phone with one hand. It aids in selfie taking and texting. Some people even use it as a stand to prop their phone against while watching shows or videos on their mobile device. These are a completely customizable piece to add...