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You have worked hard to acquire a degree in web development, software engineering or a related field. Now is a great time to get started in the field because the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that software developers will see 24 percent growth in the field over the next 10 years. Similar occupations can expect similar rates. Some of the highest paying jobs in the tech field include software engineering manager and data warehouse architect. However, where you work is just as important as what position you hold. Read More →

Here’s How to Get Smart With Company Phones

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People aren’t joined at the hip anymore; they’re joined at hand. Smartphones are everywhere and there is a good reason: connectivity. Customers need their mobile devices to help them shop and keep up with the world. Otherwise, they are off the grid and out of the loop.  Read More →

What Does the Future Hold for Slot Machines?

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As technology continues to advance at pace, the online slot machine is enjoying similar innovation. We’re already seeing new ways of playing as game developers and the online casinos themselves recognize the importance of greater player immersion, interactivity and security. Here, we take a look at five trends that will impact the slot machine’s future. Read More →

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A few years ago, no one thought a three-dimensional world could exist! But today, things have changed. The concept of Virtual Reality (VR) is now mainstream and quite competitive as it is employed in different fields to provide consumers an immersive experience. VR is a computer-generated scenario which involves a simulation of experiences. A virtual environment is created, which is like the real world. It can also be fantastic, which is not possible in reality. Its growing use has a considerable impact in different fields, including the gaming realm. Read More →

Nearly everything is online these days. We keep in touch with friends via social media, do our banking and bill payments online, shop online, stream our music from the internet, and even adjust our thermostats via apps on our phone.

Even just doing something as simple as reading this right now means that youre connected to the internet. While the internet is an amazing thing, being connected to it means that theres a potential for any number of thieves, hackers, and unsavory characters to be connected to you. Heres what you need to know about cybersecurity in todays increasingly-connected world.

Common Cybersecurity Threats

Staying protected is one part being familiar with the tactics hackers commonly use to get into your computer, devices, and network, as well as one part installing passwords and software to protect them. Here are a few of the ways cyber criminals target unsuspecting users.

Phishing: Phishing scams involve a hacker trying to trick you into revealing valuable personal information or passwords. Theyll often do it by sending emails that closely resemble ones commonly used by banks or places with which you do business. Click the link in the email and enter your password, account number, or other info, and the hackers now have it to do whatever they please.

Malware/Ransomware: These tactics involve getting someone to download software on their computer that serves the hackers purposes. With malware, the software may track keystrokes and record personal information or passwords that are typed in. Ransomware involves freezing up a persons access to their computer or data in exchange for a ransom payment to the hacker.

What Can You Do?

Knowledge is power, and the first thing you can do to stay safe is familiarize yourself with current threats. Never click any links, download files, or enter information via emails or websites that youre not 100% sure of.

Beyond this, protect your devices (including your wifi network) with strong passwords. You can also install software that will regularly scan your devices for viruses, malware, and other suspicious activity.

You cant avoid being connected these days, but with the proper knowledge and planning, you can absolutely make sure youre protected.

Weve all been there. Youve got a group of longtime friends together for dinner and give the waiter your phone to snap a picture. He gets everyone all in focus and…the battery goes dead. Or youre traveling for business and left the hotel in the morning with a full charge, only to find that by noontime, your battery indicator is a bright red. What gives? How can you make sure your phones battery is charged and ready when you need it most?

While you can buy on-the-go rechargers and extra battery packs, there are a few ways you can modify your everyday behavior to help your battery last longer. Of course, you can simply put it in airplane mode, but what about battery-saving strategies that will actually let you use your phone? Here we go with a list of tips that will be game-changers for your battery life.

Tone down the brightness: A bright screen looks great (especially outside), but its a huge battery-killer. Make it as dim as possible for you to still be able to see it.

Use WiFi whenever possible. You may not realize it, but browsing and emailing over your cellular network actually eats more battery power than connecting via WiFi. This not only helps extend your data plan; it will also help extend your battery life.

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them. While you want to use WiFi instead of cellular when you have the choice, when youre not using your phone and have it tucked away, you dont want the WiFi or Bluetooth running in the background. Turn them off.

Turn off location services. Similarly, location services that make certain apps a snap to use also drain your battery when theyre constantly tracking you in the background. Disable them when not in use.

Disable vibrate. While its great to have your phone vibrate when someone calls, that takes extra power. If youre desperate to make your battery last longer, simply settle for a ringtone or screen notification for a call.

While all of these tips require a little extra effort on your part, theyre definitely worth it when at the end of a long day, you still have a whopping 5% of your battery left. Mission accomplished!


The Art of Play: What Makes Gaming Fun?

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Nowadays, when a game developer is learning how to do their job, they are often asked to answer a very simple-sounding question; what is play? While this concept may sound simple, this idea is something which a lot of people find impossible to define, even when they are studying the field. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to make their games better, though. To achieve this, the focus has to be changed, instead thinking about what makes play fun. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the key techniques used by game developers to make their titles impossible to put down. Read More →

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Best Fitbit Fitness Tracker for You

When it comes to tracking your fitness, few product lines match the quality and abilities of Fitbit. From simple, basic tracking devices to comprehensive, cutting-edge workout devices, there is a Fitbit available for casual exercisers or the most dedicated of fitness gurus. If you want to take advantage of all of the benefits that a Fitbit can offer but aren’t sure which one is right for you, read below to learn about some of our favorite Fitbit fitness trackers.

For the Tech Geek

Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s first foray into the world of Smartwatches, and it is highly impressive for being such a newcomer. This isn’t quite an Apple watch, but it has a smooth, easy -to-use interface and comes with all the fitness features you need such as a heart rate monitor, personal coaching apps, and multi-sport mode.

For the Budget Buyer

Fitbit Flex 2

At Under $40, the Flex 2 is everything you need it a fitness tracker without breaking the bank. It is lightweight, unobtrusive, and durable. If you’re a swimmer, you’ll love this because it is completely waterproof and can track your laps and other physical activity. With such great features and functionality, you would never guess that this little device would be so affordable.

For the Fashionable Fitness Freak

Fitbit Alta HR

If you want a tracker that doubles as a fashion statement, look no further than the Fitbit Alta HR. The Alta HR has a thin, stylish frame that is customizable for any look. While it doesn’t have as many features as the Ionic, it still gets the job done for those looking to monitor their heartrate and track their overall progress. It works with your smartphone too, so you can stay connected even when your outfit doesn’t call for a watch.