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Destressing: 5 Online Games You’ll Love to Play

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When you’re feeling worn-down, pressured, and stressed, sometimes the best thing to do is to turn away from the source of strain and let your mind relax. That’s what’s so great about online games. They’re quick, they’re easy to get access to, and they’re fun snippets of entertainment to take you away from your stress for a few minutes at a time. Let’s take a look at a few of the most interesting, stress-reducing games on the Internet today.

Idleplex

One of the more unusual trends in online gaming today is the rise of the idle game. Idle games are designed to work with minimal player input, allowing the player to enjoy the pure satisfaction of watching numbers rise and circumstances get more complex with every decision. Idleplex is six different idle games in one, asking players to build a massive tapestry of windows filled with one of six different mini-games.

What starts as a slow and silly game of keeping a bouncing goat in the air quickly evolves into a wall of wild, partially self-playing games where you rack up money for upgrades by the millions per second. Idleplex even has a convenient button to make it look like you’re working on a spreadsheet so you won’t get caught de-stressing at the office.

Robot Unicorn Attack

The “endless running” genre may have started with classics like Canabalt and gotten famous with mobile games like Temple Run, but few running games are as charming and addictive as Robot Unicorn Attack. This Adult Swim invention is ground zero for extreme irony, tasking players with navigating a magical land of floating platforms in the role of the titular mythological creature.

Crash through stars, capture butterflies and enjoy the 1980s synth pop of “Always” by Erasure in the weirdest quest for a high score ever. There are also variations on the original, including a delightfully dark “death metal” version, a mobile-only sequel, and an extra-challenging version that has the original unicorn transforming into other creatures.

Plants vs. Zombies

Sure, the supply of zombie-themed games is an endless horde, shambling through every genre looking for new games to devour, but this one is special. Plants vs. Zombies has a simple premise but deep gameplay, pitting the two forces against one another in a lane defense model for the ages.

There’s a single-player challenge mode, a multiplayer adventure mode, and a puzzle mode that’s good for fans of Bejeweled. It’s silly, it’s creative and it’s a must-play for those who get a lot of satisfaction out of besting greater and greater challenges. And when you’re ready for a new wave, a mobile-only sequel hit the market in 2013.

Poker

While you’re de-stressing, you might as well earn a little cash on the side. Some of the best online games are digital adaptations of classic casino games. From slots and roulette to card games and skill tests, these games are good for players who don’t have much interest in killing the undead, controlling a cartoon or going on an adventure. There’s a great community out there for dedicated players, the buy-in is usually pretty small and you have the chance to earn some cash besides.

Lumosity

Games don’t just have to be about mindless fun. Quite the contrary; games can actually strengthen your brain while you play. Lumosity is a system containing dozens of games designed to train your memory, reaction time, attention, and problem solving for players of all ages. These games have been proven effective by a variety of international studies, and the scientifically supported program has aims beyond simply entertaining and improving players. Lumosity games are actually advancing the field of cognitive science and making it easier for researchers to build better teaching tools.

Don’t let stress get the best of you. There’s an endless supply of great games online that are great at taking the edge off those high-pressure days. Some will make your brain stronger, some can supplement your income and some are just for fun. Happy gaming and don’t forget to post your high scores.

Native Union Switch Speaker Review

IMG_8303The Native Union Switch is a portable bluetooth speaker that offers some big sound. It is a versatile device that does more than just playing music. It comes in a variety of different colors and the standard colors retail for $149.99 on their website (link) or view it on Amazon, where it is currently priced at $75 (link).

The speaker is larger than some of the portable speakers on the market so it is less travel-friendly than some speakers but makes up for it in features. The speaker allows users to make conference calls, charge one’s device while using the speaker, play music in two different positions, and has a volume dial to adjust sound.

The Switch has four different ports which include the auxiliary port, the phone port (for conference calls), micro USB in for charging the speaker, and USB out for charging one’s device. Included with the speaker is a braided aux cord and micro USB cord that are the same color as the speaker. The braided cords are an added bonus because they do not fray as easily and do not tangle as easily than the conventional cords.

The volume dial is great for adjusting the sound of music or calls to the perfect level because it is precise and easy to turn. There is a feedback sound when the full volume is reached indicated that it has reached the maximum output of sound. Inside of the volume dial is the multipurpose button for turning off/on the speaker, putting it into pairing mode, playing and pausing music, and answering and hanging up calls. The LED next to the volume dial indicates what mode the speaker is in so in pairing mode, the speaker will alternate between white and red flashes. On the opposite end of the volume dial, on the speaker, is the LED indicator that shows the battery percentage left on the speaker.

The battery life on the Switch is impressive. I usually only have to charge it once every few weeks. I use the device about every few days for a couple of hours on average.

Build quality is great on the Switch. It is made of a soft touch plastic with a matte finish so it does not pick up fingerprints or scratch easily. The speaker looks sleek and fits nicely in any room.

The Switch can be used in the horizontal or vertical position and offers the same sound in either position. This is a unique feature of the speaker so if the user has limited space, the speaker can be used in the vertical position.

The sound quality is clear on the device. It fills a small or medium room well. The sound on the speaker carries well. The bass on the device has a nice thump to it. The highs, mids, and lows are present. There is also some good treble. The speaker is also great for adding some surrounds sound to a movies, videos, etc.

Overall, the speaker offers a nice alternative to the speaker on one’s device.  It packs a loud punch in the sound department and offers some extra dimensions of sound that may not be available on one’s laptop, phone, or mp3 player. I would recommend this speaker to those looking for a bluetooth speaker that has good sound quality and many other features.

 

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My Macbook Case Review

IMG_8336My Macbook Case offers many options for protecting one’s Macbook. They have many color options to choose from including pink, purple, blue, and more. The Macbook pro 13″ with Retina display case currently retails for $34.98 on their website (link).

The case is build with quality material because it has not had an issue even when I have bumped it against multiple surfaces. Also, the finish on the case is fantastic as every little detail, such as the apple cutout and curved cuts on the sides with the ports, is included in the case. The case is a soft touch plastic case and comes in two pieces. All of their cases are see thru so adding a decal to the Macbook works well. The case has a matte finish so although it is a fingerprint magnet, they do not appear on the case as easily as a glossy finish would.

The bottom piece does not reach all four corners of the Macbook for functionality reasons (see video). Rather the case exchanges some protection for the ability to open the top of the Macbook (the screen) all the way. Some other cases limit the angles that the Macbook screen can open to because the top and bottom piece of the cases will conflict, but that problem does not occur here.

The case is flush against the Mac and does not add to much bulk. It is a thin case but offers a lot of protection as I have bumped the Mac against multiple surfaces with no problems with the computer or case. The bottom of the case has four small foam pads that elevate the Macbook from the surface for ventilation, keeps the case from scratching the surface, and keeps the laptop from sliding around. The cutouts on the bottom of the case also reduce the added weight of the case and provide more ventilation.

There are two small things about the case that are specific, but should be mentioned. The left corner of the computer closest to the trackpad sometimes does not stay flush with the case, but can be pushed back into place easily (see video). Also, it is not easily noticeable so there are not too many complaints about that. Secondly, when I first got the case, the bottom piece was a bit rough on my wrists but have since smoothen out so there are no more problems with that (see video).

Overall, the case does a great job of protecting the Macbook while adding minimal bulk. The different color options allow one to personalize the Macbook and make it unique. Also, the ability to see a decal through the case adds even more options for customizing one’s laptop. I would recommend this to people who are looking for a case that offer protection, minimal bulk, and has the ability to see decals through the Macbook.

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The ERA of web designing and web development: What can they do for you?

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Before it used to be billboards, poster on the wall and ad campaigns on television and radio which was used to advertise and spread businesses as well as gain our attention. But, ever since we got internet the whole idea of campaigning and starting a business have changed. In the world where internet has become a necessity for every human being to survive, there are Web designers and developers who work for their clients to make websites which are not just for the purpose of viewing or advertising and sending different information regarding what so ever the website is made of, but they are tend to be made for the purpose of making the browser of that website a customer of whatever product or service that specific website is providing.

Restore the Quality to your Calls

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The telecommunications market is so competitive precisely because everyone needs a telephone. It is reassuring that you can pick up the phone and call anytime you want for whatever reason.  The problem is that others may not be using the phone for such important things. You should be able to choose whom you want to talk to.

APPLICATION OF CLOUD COMPUTING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Cloud computing is a trendy network access that share configurable resources online. It lessens the management effort because it provides service interaction which made it more convenient to use. In the business world, cloud computing is an external hard drive from web. Its applications include the basic software operations of your computer. It also offers easy access from your phone services up to the finance operations.

The Power Of Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing is gaining in popularity as companies are trying to offer enticing deals to consumers. U.K. individuals that want to engage in affiliate marketing but have questions about it should seek help from web design shropshire. Here is a basic explanation of the elements that go into making affiliate marketing as powerful as it is.

Meant For Companies Who Know Their Target Market

Affiliate marketing should only be used by companies that have a clear picture of who their target audience is. A company that can‘t properly identify its own target marketing will have no luck with affiliates. The affiliates of any company will target the market the company tells them to market. If it turns out to be the wrong market affiliates will have no luck and will quit their affiliation with their company.

Companies With Direct Sales Teams Shouldn’t Have Affiliates

Any company that has its own direct sales team has no need for affiliates. The job of the direct sales team is the same job that an affiliate marketer would have. Affiliate marketing should not be used when a company maintains close relationships with resellers and wholesalers.

Searching For Affiliate Marketers

A company that can benefit from affiliate marketers needs to choose them carefully in order to use those marketers to leverage their power within their industry. When searching for an affiliate it helps if they have experience in the industry a particular business belongs to. An affiliate that understands the products or services a company offers will be better at marketing them to others than someone with no experience.

It is best for companies to avoid hiring part time affiliate marketers because they may have a limited amount of experience or may be more focused on other subjects. Hiring a full time affiliate marketer can make a company more powerful. Those who work in affiliate marketing full time will work harder than those who don’t.

A good affiliate marketer will have a good reputation as one. When choosing one to work with it is preferable for a company to ask for both work samples and references from anyone who wants to work in affiliate marketing for them.

Affiliate Marketing Is Low Risk

So many business decisions can be risky, but there is a very low risk that comes with affiliate marketing. With payouts being determined by performance companies save money because they only have to pay their affiliates when they get the results they were expecting to get. For this reason many large companies will happily use affiliate marketers.

Entrepreneurs are often interested in engaging in affiliate marketing because it gives them opportunities they may not have otherwise. Since entrepreneurs are usually highly motivated they can become effective affiliate marketers without costing the company time and money.

Affiliate marketing is powerful for companies because it is often a better method of advertising than other marketing tactics. This type of marketing can be provided to a company by web design shrewsbury.