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10 Apps to Install to Make your Life Easier

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Apps, Feat, LifeHacks, Technology | Comments Off on 10 Apps to Install to Make your Life Easier

As a smartphone user, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing apps to install on your device. With an app available for pretty much anything these days, it can be hard to know which to download, especially if your device is limited on space. We’ve put together a list of apps that are useful, and if used to their full capabilities can make your life easier.

 


Business

Slack

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Slack.com

Cost: Free (Paid options available for additional features)

This communication app is great for business teams to message each other, share documents and cut down on email. Slack can also integrate with a range of other apps including Google Drive, Dropbox, Twitter and more, and the app will sync content between your devices, allowing you to seamlessly go from the office to being on the move.

Evernote

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Evernote.com

Cost: Free (Subscription models available for additional features)

Loved by those who use it, Evernote has been building its reputation over the last few years as the ultimate note-taking and organisation app. With the added convenience of being on your smartphone, jot down notes when you’re on the go, share ideas and use your phone to scan documents. With Evernote’s syncing capabilities, your documents will be shared across your computer, tablet and smartphone.


Security

Find my iPhone

Availability: iOS

Website: Apple.com

Price: Free

Most iPhone users are probably aware that this app exists, but if you haven’t already got this app on your phone, install it now. If your device is lost or stolen, this app can help you locate your device on a map, remotely lock it with a password, and if necessary remotely erase all of the contents and settings on your device.

Android Device Manager

Availability: Android

Price: Free

Similar to the Find my iPhone app for iOS devices, the Android Device Manager is a Google app for Android, which allows you to remotely track and secure your device if it is ever lost or stolen. It’s a great app to have in case of emergencies and could save you a lot of stress if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use it.


Music

Spotify

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Spotify.com

Price: Free (Subscription is an additional cost)

Spotify has long been one of the favourites for streaming music on your smartphone. Whilst a free (ad-supported) version exists, a monthly subscription ($9.99 for personal or $14.99 for a family of up to 6) will allow you to listen to music on demand. You can also download playlists whilst connected to Wifi, which you can then listen to when you’re offline – a useful option if you’re going on a long flight or want to keep data usage to a minimum.


Directories

Yelp

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Yelp.com

Price: Free

If you’re in a new city or are even just looking to try somewhere different in your local area, Yelp is a great app to find businesses and restaurants around you. With key information like opening hours and addresses, as well as reviews from other users, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.


Utilities

Restore

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Enigma-Recovery.com

Price: Free (Requires additional desktop software)

Ever lost or deleted data from your device, and wished you could get it back? If you have, then Restore is just the kind of app you’re looking for. Designed to work with desktop data recovery software, simply connect your phone to your Mac or PC, recover your data and restore it back to the app on your Android or iOS smartphone.

Mint

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Mint.com

Price: Free

This app is great for keeping track of your personal finances on the go. Link your accounts in one place, track your spending and set goals to help you save up for your new car, trip or mortgage. Security is tight on the app too, as Mint only request read only access to your accounts, and can be deleted remotely if your phone is ever lost or stolen.


Navigation & Travel

Waze

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Waze.com

Price: Free

Waze has sat at or near the top of the list of recommended navigation apps for a while – and with good reason. This app boasts a range of impressive features, including voice guided navigation, and is driven by its innovative approach of bringing drivers together to report on real time traffic conditions. Find out about accidents, road closures and even whether there are police ahead in real-time; as conditions change on your route, the app can automatically reroute to help you reach your destination more quickly.

Duolingo

Availability: iOS & Android

Price: Free

With Duolingo you can learn how to speak, listen and write in a range of different languages. The app offers lessons for users of different native languages, and is great for picking up key phrases if you’re going on a trip to a country where you don’t know the language.

Are there any other apps you can’t live without? Let us know below.

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Professional Gamer SumaiL makes it to TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teen list

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Feat, Games, Video Games | Comments Off on Professional Gamer SumaiL makes it to TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teen list

Recently, a Dota 2 professional player made it to the list of TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential teenagers. That’s right, a teenager playing Dota 2 made it alongside Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, political activist Malala Yousafzai, and US presidential daughters Sasha and Malia Obama as 2016’s most influential teens.

sumail

Syed Sumail Hassan, who goes by the nickname SumaiL, is a professional Dota 2 player of the Team Evil Geniuses. At the age of 17, this teenager broke into the professional scene, made a mark to thousands, if not millions, of fans as Dota 2’s boy wonder, and now received an acclamation from TIME Magazine. He is the only Electronic Sports (eSports) player to make it to the list, and he stands side-by-side young actors, singers, entrepreneurs, activists and celebrities.

Dota 2 is a game by Valve Corporation, and has grown by millions in terms of player audience. Most especially, it is the largest eSport by far. Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) is a 2011 revival of the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) of its first iteration taken from the Warcraft 3 franchise.

dota-tournament

Held in Key Arena Seattle, its recent premier tournament, The International 2016, has just hosted a collective prize pool of more than USD 20,000,000.  For 2016, the Chinese team Wings Gaming has won the tournament and took home USD 9,139,002.

Hassan’s team Evil Geniuses, who reigned in The International 2015 (taking home USD 6,634,661), has finished this year’s as second runner-up (taking home USD 2,180,898).

Dota 2 is the biggest eSports event by far, but the whole of eSports itself is growing in terms of popularity. For example, Dota 2’s biggest competitor, League of Legends, has recently held its World Championship in Madison Square Garden, New York – a venue that can house about 18,200 viewers. Another Valve eSports game, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, which was also held in New York, is also an extremely famous event in terms of viewership and prize pool.

As eSports events start to increase commercial opportunities in New York, California and throughout the World, its huge audience made someone like Sumail Hassan as a truly influential personality.

SumaiL broke into the scene from being a “pub-star” in public matches to making it to the leaderboards of the best player with the highest win rate in the most highly-skilled match-ups. He then became inducted in the Evil Geniuses training program, and eventually became that 15-year old official mid-laner for EG. SumaiL was subbed in the official roster when Evil Geniuses’ former frontliner Artour Babaev left the team. Consequently, Hassan is the main man of Evil Geniuses as the team looked to participate in the Dota Asia Cup (DAC) 2015.

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Aside from numerous successful tournament finishes, Hassan is a known personality for the Dota 2 scene by being one of the top streamers with the most viewership.

“Hassan has become the youngest person ever to earn $1 million playing competitive video games, making him a phenomenon in the rapidly growing world of “e-sports.”,” Sean Gregory from TIME wrote. “Hassan’s game of choice is Dota 2, in which experts say he’s a Michael Jordan-like figure in terms of skill. But despite his rising profile, he still puts family first: Hassan recently used some of his prize money—now at $2.3 million and counting—to buy a house for his parents and five siblings, with whom he moved to the U.S. in 2014.”

DAC of February 2015 was his first LAN tournament – he was only promoted to the official EG lineup in January 2015, and he already gained international acclamation because of his signature-style hyper-aggressive Storm Spirit plays. Four day before his 16th birthday, he was already a champion mid-laner for that USD 1.2 Million prized event.

SumaiL continued to be successful with Evil Geniuses, winning LAN tournaments such as Dota Pit Season 3. Later on, he won The International 2015 at the age of 16.

Now, he is still part of the lineup of Evil Geniuses, who recently finished as 3rd placers of The International 2016 and champions of MarsTV Dota League Season 2. His approximate total (and individual) earnings reach about USD 2,310,582.

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Ready to Rumble – The Evolution of Tekken to Virtual Domination

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Feat, Game History, Games | Comments Off on Ready to Rumble – The Evolution of Tekken to Virtual Domination

As a gamer, you have always wanted to bring out the warrior, the battler and the strategist in you. You craved for that gut-wrenching excitement when you beat an opponent flawlessly. If you are the full-blooded gamer you say you are, you have definitely played Tekken at some point in your gaming life.

Tekken has taken the game industry by storm during its initial release in 1994. With the rapid technological advancement of the 21st century, this institutionalized game has made history in the video game industry as the first fighting game that used 3D Digital animation.

A lineup of characters from Tekken.

The creative developers of Namco are the gaming geniuses behind one of the greatest and most successful fighting games in history. Their success even resulted to three animated films and one live action adaptation.

For gaming fanatics – Tekken’s evolution since its historical release 22 years ago is worth studying. 

The Birth of Tekken: December 09, 1994

In this year, your favorite fighting game made its debut as an arcade game. The creative geniuses behind Tekken started with the idea of creating 3D character models. Later on, they integrated texture mapping, bringing in more life to the already action-packed game.

Namco Tekken

A few months after the release of Tekken, Namco announced that they wanted to keep the momentum of the success of the game. As such, in March of 1995, they released Tekken to PlayStation. This is exactly when Tekken’s remarkable innovations began.

Tekken 2: August 3, 1995

Namco released Tekken 2 on August 3, 1995, and the fighting game sequel had sold for more than three million copies around the globe. Despite an initial release in the previous year, Tekken 2 still supremely reigned in the gaming industry.

Tekken punch.

During its time, Tekken 2 was considered as one of the best fighting games in terms of game play, game modes, graphics and overall player experience. As such, Namco raised its battle plan to the next level by enhancing the then intuitive and interactive character control system. The franchise made a good impact on the gaming community since Tekken 2 did not try to be just another Street Fighter rip-off. Graphics-wise, though, the game was already ahead of its time. The animation still had a long way to go as it still appeared to be too blocky and needed more fluidity in the character’s movements.

Tekken 3: March 20, 1997

Namco continued rampaging the gaming world through the release of the third installment of the Tekken series. Senior gamers first experienced Tekken 3 during its release as an arcade game in the year 1997. The year after, Tekken-fanatics enjoyed the game in PlayStation. As such, the video game now holds the record as the first game under Namco that used Namco System 12 hardware.

You may be a fan of Jin Kazama, Ling Xiaoyu, Julia Chang, and Hwoarang. If so, you would find it interesting to know that they debuted in the world of the Iron Fist in Tekken 3.

With the 3rd version, you can now trace how their combos fair and have improved through the years! The animation also became smoother in this version, and it also paved more ways on how players can manipulate their favorite avatar..

Tekken 4: September 23, 2002

Some say that third time’s a charm, and the fourth is a big leap of faith. This is what Namco hoped for as they released Tekken 4. Just like you can compare each version of Tekken to the next, you can do a good wordpress hosting comparison with different hosts.

In this version, players can now move around the arena and can even use the “parts” of the playing field..

The Tekken 4 game cover.

In line with the game’s 6th anniversary, Namco allowed the players to customize their own fighter in order for them to have a more personal connection with the characters. You can already change the accessories, clothing, and other character elements that can make your character appear the way you wanted him or her to be.

At this stage, it’s impossible that you have not met Asuka Kazama, Feng Wei, Jack-5, Raven, Roger Jr., Devil Jin and Jinpachi Mishima as this installment served as their game debut.

Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection: November 15, 2004

Tekken 5 received a boost in its gameplay as it marked the first decade of Tekken series in the gaming industry. Tekken 5 was considered special to the extent that Namco created a Tekken 5.1 – Tekken: Dark Resurrection. It was available to play in more modern game consoles like PlayStation 3 and PSP, and the version guaranteed crisp graphics and character response were really good!

The Tekken 5 game cover.

Tekken also introduced three new fighters in Dark Resurrection: Armor King II, Emilie de Rochefort or popularly known as Lili, and Sergei Dragunov. The gameplay of this version brought you chills down your spine with its additional twelve more rankings in the Arcade Battle. Overall, the 5th version was more challenging as compared to the previous installments.

Tekken 6: November 26, 2007

In this version, Namco initially decided to limit their gaming audience, making it exclusively for PlayStation 3. Then again, due to insistent public demand, the Xbox 360 port was released the same year that Tekken 6 entered the market.

This version stood atop higher grounds than its predecessor installments, especially with its multi-platform feature. This feature can be accessed through the multi-tiered stages and bound system. You could also connect to the internet, and if you were using an Xbox 360, you could fight with another person who was using a PlayStation 3, giving a more dynamic connection between players in any part of the world.

Your favorite characters Zafina, Leo Kliesen, Miguel Caballero Rojo, Robert “Bob” Richards, and Jack-6 were introduced in this version.

Tekken 7: February 18, 2015

With even better graphics and gameplay, Tekken has reached its 7th release courtesy of the rapidly expanding and well-established Namco. Throughout the years, the developers have been making their mark in the gaming community.
And they strengthened that mark with another groundbreaking expansion.

The updates in the Tekken 7 focus on the 1-on-1 battles, and more interactive improvements in arcade battles.In-game features have been added to increase the level of gameplay and add a more worthwhile gaming experience.

The Tekken 7 game cover.

In this version, you can try Rage Art, battle move that allows you to execute more power combos that your opponent cannot block.

Also, you can continue attacking your opponent even though he or she is punching your character, through Power Crush. This game feature simply allows you to put in damage to your opponent while being under attack yourself.

Another feature added in the latest version of Tekken is the Screw Attack. This feature allows you to make sideway moves and attack even if your opponent is still in the air. However, it does not allow you to execute any combo attacks.

Namco is still on its warpath in delivering the best fighting game in the market. True enough, they are set to bring the next Iron Fist Champion with the release of Tekken 7.1, or more aptly named Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. The game is expected to be released in Japan this July 2016.

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3 Careers For Gaming Enthusiasts

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Feat, Technology, Video Games | Comments Off on 3 Careers For Gaming Enthusiasts

3 Careers For Gaming Enthusiasts

The world of video games has become a brand new professional landscape since it started as a simple R and R activity. In fact, it’s on a roll, and seemingly on a relentless rampage towards reinventing itself even more. The main reason lies on how video games offer a sense of worth to the person playing them, as well as how they bring out a competitive fire that only gamers can truly comprehend.

Thus, it has become an important aspect not only for leisure but as an actual professional career for a good number of people across the globe.

A gamer in his library of games wearing a SEGA t-shirt.

Even in the advent of the internet, people have seen how video gaming has transcended to be one of the most influential industries in recent years. With the boom of online games like League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients 2, the world of computer gaming has been reshaped to its most competitive phase to date.

So how has it become a viable career for many people around the world? What can a person really get from being a gaming enthusiast?

Game face.

Here are some of the things a gaming enthusiast can do with his or her heightened appreciation of the game.

Gamer Blogging

Most gamers are computer enthusiasts. This is a fact, considering the amount of information they need to truly give themselves the edge in the competitive arena that is online gaming. They are so fond of it that they dig deepest in the web to excavate the acumen of great gamers.

Like any greatest opportunists, many people in the gaming community find it a favorable circumstance to pass on their knowledge and earn money at the same time.

Truly, game blogging has become one of the more popular trends in the interactive digital network. Game bloggers write reviews, bugs, cheats and the likes for the benefit of their fellow gamers. But why do such a thing?

It simply is because of the fact that each gamer wants to gain an insight whether the game reviewed fits their liking. By viewing other gamers’ “expert” opinion regarding these games, they gain a wider perspective, creating a benchmark as to decide whether to avail it or not.

Speaking of opinion, these game bloggers are well respected in their expertise in genres of games they write about. Some of these bloggers are so respected that a single bad review about a game can cost millions of dollars for the makers of the game. How’s that for influence?

Powergame interface.

With the exceedingly high number of games come into the scene year after year, gamer blogs have had a similarly great number of views in their own websites. This entails heavy web traffic, making the site a prime spot for ads and other cash-worthy content. It is the perfect way to get extra funds from being passionate in a craft.

Just imagine an upsurge of viewers once a highly anticipated game comes in. WP Hosting Hub and any other hosting services would definitely be on the lookout for huge clienteles like gamer blogs in this digital business arena.

In that same light, game bloggers are also inclined of utilizing other types of media to reinforce their write ups. Some of them use video blogs, which is an actual video of the blogger playing the game, while others make use of screenshots of the important parts of the games.

All in all, game blogging is a great career if a person has the good writing skills and better gaming experience. It’s a demanding job to be in but a fun way to share one’s gaming experience.

New Celebrities are Game Casters

With the flourishing of the online gaming industry, organizer and sponsors alike are now on the rise in creating major events to set up the arena for professional gaming. One of the ways they market these games is by having experienced gamers casted in television to share their thoughts about a player, a team, or the entirety of the game.

In other major sports like basketball and football, one can see the importance of a caster or a commentator in the hyping up of the game. Who would watch a game in television without these casters’ exciting voices that pump up the energy?

Game reporters.

Similarly, professional online gaming takes this role seriously. Since video games once thrived only in children’s computers, it has now become what is called “E-Sports.” A great deal of sponsors and game makers realize how important it is to have casters.

For instance, in a major event of DoTA2 like The International, many of the world’s leading ‘experts’ in the game gather to have themselves casted in television to provide analysis of the games and the players. These casters are often seen in television, presenting a game in their tuxedos and sharing their inputs with regard to how a team played.

It’s an exciting career to be in, not to mention the fame one can get from playing a major part in the production of the television casting. Levelling up the enthusiasm and being able to be valued by one’s analysis is something that is equally exciting for game enthusiasts.

Be the Best: Go Pro

If all of these things don’t sound as exciting, then going pro is the best way to go. Being a professional gamer is one of the trending careers in the world right now.

And that comes with good reason.

3 careers for gaming enthusiasts.

With the birth of E-Sports, more and more people are getting competitive in their respective games, especially considering the viable opportunity to go play professionally for teams. In fact, online games are now employing match-making rankings which assess one’s skills in the games. This ranking allows professional teams to gauge and determine who is the best in a specific region, and more widely, in the world.

However, the question still remains. What does going pro get you?

Aside from having to play with the best of the best in the world, a professional gamer also earns respect from the gaming community, and of course, the cash prize that comes along with winning every competition.

Taking a look at the earnings of a professional online players. Peter Dager, a professional gamer of DoTA2 earned a total of over than 2 million dollars in his career. That’s a staggering amount of money considering that he is also enjoying his passion in playing the game.

Going professionally is a hard task for any gamers since online games are getting competitive by the second. It is an ambitious thing to do, but given the chance, the fruits may be very rewarding and overwhelming at the same time.

Video games evolved in a way that no one had predicted. From being a leisure activity to a viable career, video gaming is indeed a continuously advancing field. Currently, gaming enthusiasts can choose a variety of options that fits to their liking. For one, a gamer can be a game blogger where he can write his reviews and insights about a game. Another trending choice is to be part of a production team in being a sportscaster for events. If all else fails, gamers can then become more ambitious and go play professionally.

The world of video games and online gaming is proving to be vast considering its progresses. This is why people have started pooling, giving rise to the new-aged market trend. As this technological industry rises, people witness its evolution. With that, new opportunities for gaming enthusiasts also grow with it.

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Ctrl + V – The Millenial’s World of Short Cuts

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Feat, Millenials | Comments Off on Ctrl + V – The Millenial’s World of Short Cuts

mil·len·nial

/miˈlenēəl/, noun

         a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000; a member of Generation Y.

Every certain number of years, researchers and experts tell the tale of an upcoming generation. Baby boomers. Gen X. Millenials. Sooner or later, Generation Z would come up, and they would run out of letters to call the next best thing.

At this point in time, millenials are society’s rising super stars, and the world is experiencing how these near-future leaders think, act, and breathe.

millenials

They definitely live a life so fast that other generations are having a hard time catching up. It’s all about shortcuts, fast food and hyper drives. This creates an impression to other generations that millennials are reckless, unguided, and irresponsible. However, the true essence of Generation Y comes from their visionary perspective, unparalleled multi-tasking abilities, and high-level drive to reach their dreams and aspirations.

The world is tough. But they are tougher.

Here’s your chance to know why they are always on the hunt for life’s next best shortcut. Buckle up, and take a joyride with the millennials.

Visionaries are More than just Soldiers of Enchanted Radiance

If the play on the title seems familiar, there is big chance that a millennial stopped by and got hooked on Ctrl+V. The realization would then follow.

“Yup. Just another way to use the thesaurus.”

radiance

The creative juices of the millennials activate when fun mixes with their goals. This wild mix stirs the mind to let off the most vibrant rainbow of ideas. In the analog days, sparks of creativity erupt from their minds just as the next reading materials are created. Thanks to the rise of the internet, their minds are almost always juiced up for any opportunity to apply new found knowledge.

Without a doubt, books are still powerful tools to date. However, when “research” is needed, it is just a matter of meeting up with good ol’ Google Search. With a little Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V magic; voila! A fresh-from-the-oven research paper is ready in 20 minutes or less.

This seemingly lazy trick still holds the same basic training of reading sources, connecting information, and effective presentation. However, creativity has now evolved into a digital dance of the fingertips. Results come at lightning speed, allowing more time to do more important activities.

If this isn’t fast enough, millennials now resort to outsourcing to pick up the pace during work. This opens doors to niche focus – an effective trait in success-driven individuals. If it is not a “core-competency,” the task can be delegated. If he is into architecture but not accounting, he better have Quickbooks Online do the numbers as he creates the best post office in town.

The evolution of problem-solving methodologies, information dissemination, and service outsourcing holds the light towards faster modernization in society. Right now, these relatively new concepts in business and trade are changing as the new generation find out new ways to be more creative. It would not take long before current standards become another thing in the past.

You can Have Time if  You Give Time

Time and again, time management has been a powerful but dreadful thing to master. Honest to goodness, most people would rather sit down on the couch the whole day just to avoid any responsibility; if only being a bum makes $100 an hour. Since this is not the case, it is always pertinent to organize the activities of every day of every week of every month.

According to international sales guru Brian Tracy, time management is all about eating frogs. “Eat” the biggest frog first. The little tadpoles can come in later that day. (If that does not make any sense, search Eat that frog! by Brian Tracy.) This is a completely helpful tool to use when a 1000-word article needs to be written, three project proposals need to be revised and 5 new job requests need to be reviewed. All of these tasks have to be done in one day. At this point, lunch and coffee breaks seem comparable to mythical creatures as they start to exist only in the mind of the stunned millennial.

alarm clock

This scenario happens more often now to the goal-oriented, creative millennial. Humongous mutated bull frogs come in huge tidal waves that the unknowing individual gets engulfed in a wart-infested workload. Of all the issues to resolve, the one thing stands out to be recognized.

Generation Y, in partnership with Gen X, have collaborated to bring light to this matter. This is when fast food was born.

Apparently, eating has become so troublesome that it turned into an obstacle rather a necessity. The fast-paced lives of millennials have been caught in the tangled web of burgers, tacos, fries, and soda. Eating home-cooked meals becomes a nuisance to the point of creating another obstacle – health issues resulting from unhealthy eating.

Being the masters of creativity, the new generation sees this growing concern. Healthy options have been popping up like mushrooms on a wet patch. From power bars to salads on the go, the problem seems solved.

That is My Cheese. And That Cheese. And That Cheese.

Dr. Spencer Johnson is the pied piper of Hamlet to those who constantly search for all the cheese in the world. He is the great mind who made a believer in all millennials that adaptability to change is a great tool to win in the world they are in. Living a successful life is just a matter of adjusting to the changing times, and enjoying the process.

One of the glaring characteristics of millennials is their need for speed. As stated above, practically all aspects of their lives revolve around getting what they want in the shortest time possible. They tend to be hyper, quick on the trigger, and ready to fire.

cheese

This is also true in acting to achieve their goals..

Goals are usually tied up to a new money-making endeavor. A new business hype can rattle the observing millennial as it triggers an alarm that signals him, “Join in, and get your dream life in 3 months!” They can be easily swayed with little sweet talk and a picture of their dreams dangled in front of them.

This is a double edged sword that can motivate them to success, or hurt them to death when left hanging on the sidelines. Motivation is vital in moving forward with any goals in life. If the other edge goes against them, their survival mode kicks in, and it’s is just a matter of keeping their sanity and taking advantage of the next opportunity that could lead to true success.

 

In retrospect, “millennial” is just another label on a generation as they are affected by the society’s evolution. The characteristics may change from person to person, but the fact remains – the 21st century’s technology, sociological mindset and cultural priorities have put the pedal to the metal on everyone’s aspirations.

Whichever generation an individual is born into, it’s time to set the pace towards the bigger picture and the perfect life they deserve.

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When Video Games Make You an Awesome Entrepreneur

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Entrepreneurship, Feat, Video Games | Comments Off on When Video Games Make You an Awesome Entrepreneur

Imagine this. You wake up one day, and your life is the best video game of the 21st century. You find out that your character is a “Novice Entrepreneur.” You begin to explore. You start to get the hang of the system. With confidence, you say to yourself, “I’m gonna be the very best like no one ever was.” You immediately realize that to move forward in the game, you need to talk to NPCs (Non-Player Characters).  However, every person you can talk to is another player playing their own RPG (Role-Playing Game). Then it hits you.

This is no ordinary game. It is a game where you only have one life. No restarts. No saved points. It is a continuously evolving world.

life

It’s called life.

Entrepreneurs have to be the most creative, courageous , and challenge-ready people on the planet. At any given moment, they are ready to move forward, make the best in every situation, and be the social animals that they are.

Their continuously evolving skill set makes them the perfect survivor of the ever-changing world. In this day and age of technology, a hefty dose of those entrepreneurial skills may have come from the virtual world of NPCs, quests, level-ups and rewards. Video games bring a lot of lessons to the thriving entrepreneur. These lessons may have come from a make-shift world, but it definitely is a source of many of the new-aged business skills that works in real life.

Log-on and start the quest to find the entrepreneurial skills that could give you the experience boost on your next level-up in your business..

Will You Conquer This Quest?

The majority of (if not all) video games offer a good dose of side quests to keep everyone all riled up on the virtual experience. Whether a game offers a dramatic role play with a storyline, endless rallies of challenges or non-stop PvP interaction, side quests are always present to keep the players’ energy up.

level up

This staple feature gives an opportunity to learn the value of multi-tasking. With everyday life rolling endlessly, “side quests” come up and give energy boosts to those in need of excitement. In real life, it could be starting a new relationship (Reward: 200exp + a new girlfriend), getting a new car (Reward: 500exp + a new 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus) or building a new business (Reward: 700exp + a home-style gluten-free cookie retail business).

An entrepreneur definitely needs the power of multi-tasking in his day-to-day business operations. Knowing how to handle multiple tasks requires a lot of energy and a huge amount of creativity. Managing the people in a store (Reward: Productivity Boost +10), appeasing a frantic customer (Reward: Repeat Order +25) and bookkeeping the monthly sales (Reward: 250exp + MYOB Accounting Software Assist) will give anyone a headache without the proper training.

An entrepreneur-gamer can definitely see this as an exciting challenge.

The quest to gain ultimate riches and rare items in a game gives an immeasurable adrenaline to a gamer. This drive to pursue multiple tasks taps the psychological effect of a rewards system, which in turn triggers the goal-setting mindset of an individual. Add in patience and determination and this training gives enough experience to level-up a novice to a “Thriving Entrepreneur.”

Balance is the Name of the Game.

It takes a great deal of courage to take on the daily life of an entrepreneur. The unpredictable twists and turns can turn any inexperienced individual into a complete mess of an I-want-my-mommy-because-I-want-to-quit, cry baby. Thus, it is imperative to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally. Without any holistic preparation, one huge swing from the Evil Big-Boss of the business challenge can turn any gamer-businessman into a level 1 bankrupt owner.

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Almost every game offers an opportunity to customize various features, attributes, and elements of a character. More often than not, the avatar becomes more impervious to any damage from the environment with proper equipment and preparation. In other situations, focusing on a specific attribute can make the difference between life and death. It is all about balancing and prioritizing.

Sound familiar? Apparently, this game feature is a perfect reflection of real life drama.

Just like life, business is an evolving science. It greatly considers various factors in its evolution – the industry it is in, the manager it has, the condition of the economy when it began, and how other businesses interact with it. The balancing act is done by the entrepreneur to make sure his business remains afloat.

Does the business require more products or additional service (Reward: Income+30)? Is the current manager enough to handle the operations or are more supervisors required (Reward: Production Rate Speed +20)? Are the numbers adding up to give the business a level up (Reward: Expansion +30?

One of the marks of an effective entrepreneur is his ability to react to situations and balance his business’ strengths and opportunity to improve. This makes him an “Engaged Entrepreneur.”

What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger

Every challenge requires a certain level of capability, flexibility and knowledge. No one comes to the battle unarmed. Even with just a wooden buckler and a dagger, a person can still face challenges. It is just a matter of finding out what needs to be done, what is required to achieve that goal, and how much preparation is needed for the upcoming challenge ahead.

The problem-solving skill of a gamer begins to manifest when a clue is left for him to ponder. The next best step to take would then be to find out which NPC holds the next clue. When the one clue is deciphered after another, it is just a matter of following the bread crumbs to the next big thing. At the end of the trail, the reward can be as sweet as the final potion in the final bout.

Then comes the Ultimate Boss Dark Lord who is 10x bigger than the hero and can only be killed with a +9 Blessed Joyeuse.

Interconnected scenarios make up for a good game also, and the same holds true in real life. Interconnected situations come up which eventually puts you face-to-face with a roadblock. The problems that arise in these situation can only be resolved by finding the right dots, determining which dots connect to another, and ultimately connecting them to create the bigger picture.

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This skill of connecting the dots has a gigantic impact on businesses. According to Steve Jobs, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” Finding the ultimate dot can grant the success an entrepreneur needs to beat the final game.

It may just be another game for others, but it can be an ultimate learning opportunity for most of the gaming entrepreneurs. An in-game character level-up maybe an exciting milestone, but learning to effectively multi-task, balance and prioritize, and create ways to overcome a challenge is the best, real-life milestone anyone can get from video games. Plus, an actual income increase and improved productivity rate are always great life bonuses for a real-world business engagement.

After everything’s been said and done, a new game begins, and a whole new set of learning unravels.

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10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Smartphone

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Feat, Smartphones | Comments Off on 10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Smartphone

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Smart phones are brilliant machines — they keep us connected, informed, and up-to-date. Smartphones are our source of GPS on the road, music at the gym, and communication (of massive amounts) at all times. How else would we text our friends “Here,” if we didn’t have a smartphone?

They’re a delicate piece of technology, even though they’re not always treated that way. But once something happens to our precious device, we have no choice but to run out and spend another $600 on a new one or run out and beg our carriers for a solution. (Let’s hope you backed up your data too!)

Don’t treat your phone poorly just because you just assume you’re going to get the next upgrade in a year or so. (Imagine if we did that with cars.) To ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, you can protect your smartphone and extend its life with just a few simple safety precautions and a couple of proper investments. Avoid the cost and inconvenience of a damaged smartphone by following ten ways to extend the life of your smartphone.

  1. Invest in a Case

phone cases

As expensive as some cases are, it’s worth the investment. (Your cellphone is more expensive!)  No case is going to prevent every possible type of damage, but purchasing a very sturdy case will give you the best odds of steering clear of a costly, upsetting, and just plain frustrating accident. (Regardless of whether or not you tend to drop your phone easily shouldn’t dissuade you from buying a quality case.)

As an added bonus, a sturdy case will add an extra layer of protection to the phone’s screen.

  1. Please, Turn Off Your Cell Phones

Sounds like you’re at the movies, right? When you’re asleep at night, your smartphone wants to be too. As a bare minimum suggest, shut your smartphone off at least once a week for thirty minutes. By doing this, you’ll ensure that caches are cleared and subsystems are properly restarted. (Remember, our phones do need some time off too, just like we do.)

 

Shutting down your phone once a week will aid with the longevity of the RAM on the device and also allow certain diagnostics to be run at boot.

But you’re not going to miss your cellphone when you’re catching up on some Zzz’s anyway (and who wants to be woken up by the sound of a text message at 2 in the morning anyway?)

  1. Back It Up

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Whether you’re a student backing up your senior project on your computer with a Sandisk or a bookkeeper backing up a small business’ documents on Xero software, you know how important it is to have your information backed up.

As individual and business users alike, we depend heavily on our smartphones to keep contacts, pictures, notes, browsing history, and files intact on our phone, and one little incident with our phones can complete erase all your important data.

Cloud storage is one of the best ways to ensure that your phone never becomes stuffed with too much data. This will allow you to run a well-running device and also minimize the risk of data loss if something does end up going wrong.

Be sure to take advantage of any free cloud storage that comes with your smartphone and perform backups on a regular basis for achieving the best results.

  1. Install Anti-Malware

If you thought malware was just for desktops, think again. In fact, the threat of malware could do even worse damage on a smartphone than a computer.

Smartphone malware can track your location (no matter where you are) and snatch some highly sensitive data. Viruses come from malicious apps, so avoid downloading anything that seems suspicious, especially when it asks for personal information. It is imperative that you use caution when installing apps on your smartphone, and installing a protective app app like Malwarebytes to help your phone remain as protected as possible is highly recommended.

If you have an iPhone, the only way to get rid of a virus is by resetting your iPhone. If you have an Android, you need to put your phone into safe mode to delete the app.

 

  1. Don’t Expose Your Device to The Harsh Elements

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Both heat and cold can wreak havoc on your smartphone. If you happen to leave your phone in the car during a scorching summer day or a freezing winter night, you may need to return to your carrier for a replacement.

Heat is actually worse for your phone, and at 113 degrees Fahrenheit, your device will be adversely affected.

  1. If You’re Not Going to Use it, Lose It

We all probably have old apps, games, and files on our phones which we don’t have use for anymore. Instead of letting these apps cause some serious lag times for us, delete them!

In many cases, this happens because the storage and RAM capabilities of the smartphone are being maxed out which makes your phone much less responsive.

To avoid any unnecessary issues, make sure to consistently remove any apps that you don’t actually need anymore. You can also delete photos, documents and text messages which may be causing your responsive issues as well.

  1. Keep it Away From Water

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This may seem obvious, but you can’t always predict even the smallest drizzle of rain (which may even turn into a torrential downpour). Or, accidentally dropping your phone in the sink or another source of water. Many of us have been there, done that. Smartphones are extremely sensitive to liquid, and a few drops can cause extreme damage.

If you take your phone with you when going running, playing an active sport, or by the beach, purchase a waterproof phone. (And if it’s hot out, make sure your phone won’t overheat!)

In case your phone gets wet, leave it in a bowl of dry rice to remove the liquid and save its life.

  1. Put it in a bag — not your pocket

As simple as it seems to slip your smartphone in your jeans pocket when you’re on the go, it can actually snap in half if your pants don’t have enough spandex in the fabric. If your pockets are also too small and the phone can’t fit completely in your pocket, you’re putting your phone at great risk of falling out and dropping to the floor.

Also, keeping your phone in your pocket can put you at risk to radiation exposure, so it’s recommended to be kept in a bag or holster, not your pocket .

  1. Use Caution At All Times

Use caution with your phone

Just as spammers hack into computers, they can hack into your phone too (and your smartphone isn’t smart enough to protect you all the time). If your phone falls into the wrong hands of someone (or someone gets ahold of your banking information/personal accounts), you can find yourself in some malicious situations.

A general rule of thumb is don’t be naive. Anything that appears even the slightly bit suspicious, whether it’s an unknown number calling you (the “IRS” during tax season), questionable text messages, emails, or spammy-looking web links, avoid them all cost.

Scammers are targeting smartphone users, and they can do this by spoofing a message, call, or email request to you to obtain personal details about yourself which you shouldn’t be tricked into believing.

 

  1. If You Decide to Upgrade, Wipe Your Old Gadget Before You Sell, Donate, or Recycle

Eventually, there does come a time when we need to upgrade our phones. For ultimate security and protection, make sure to wipe your old phone before you sell or recycle it. You definitely don’t want the information on your phone getting into the wrong hands.

You may have deleted your apps and files when trying to clear up some memory, but that is not enough. It’s not enough just to delete apps, files, photos, and videos, as hackers can easily recover deleted information. You’ll need to wipe your phone’s internal memory so that no trace of personal information is left behind.
Wiping your gadget only takes a few minutes, and it is 100% worth the effort. You treated your phone so well when you used it to extend its life, but don’t let your efforts go to waste!

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