Entertaining the kids during this pandemic.

gamingThis pandemic has brought out the creative and skillful in us. Can you imagine a time in our lives when majority of the adults are working from home and the young ones attending their classes online? To be honest, I am still reeling from the changes that this virus has brought in our lives.

In our home alone, two kids are attending their classes online. Both classes are in the morning. My younger sister teaches her pre-school classes online as well. And then two of us accountants are also working from home. Can you imagine the chaos when we are all using the internet and then the speed suddenly fluctuates? You can only imagine the noise when the lot at home shouts for the internet connection to be checked and restored. At night, when everyone is relaxing already, the television is on, most are on social media through their mobile phones, the kids are playing video games… that’s when it hits you. This pandemic has given us a chance to spend more time together and it is one of the positive things that we should be grateful for.

So, anyway, I am sure the adults in your home are struggling to entertain the kids so cabin fever won’t set in. I will share two ways that we skillfully thought of in order for the kids, and the kids at heart, to have fun while stuck at home to avoid exposure to the virus.

Super-TetrisBond over online games. Friendly competition is the name of the game, my friends! I have a seven-year-old nephew who is very competitive and would really learn ways on how to defeat everyone who plays against him. He knows some of the newest video games these days but I thought how much fun would it be to teach him some of the classic games from my generation. Pac-man, Galaga, Super Mario, Street Fighter… Just some of the games that I got hooked on when I was younger. I am grateful for smart television these days, you can easily play online games while lounging on the sofa in the family room. That’s what my nephew and I have been doing the past several months.

We discovered online Neon Invaders, Pac Rat Game, and Super Tetris! Ah, Tetris. My nephew was hooked the first time he played this! We would spend hours beating each others’ high scores. My heart skips a beat whenever I see my nephew enjoying a game from my youth.

I believe most of us older ones know how to play Tetris. You just have to use arrow keys in order for the pieces to fit in and create a straight line. Fit until you find yourself racing against time. It’s so simple that you won’t feel pressure while playing. You can easily play again and again. Trust me, you’d think it was a no-brainer game, not as much fun as other games out there, but you will be surprised at how much time you will spend lining up those falling bricks.

Get those thousand pieces puzzles. And slowly fit the pieces to complete it. Believe me, the kids will go crazy finding every piece that matches the ones that are already sitting in their places. Ah, the hours you will spend just doing it…

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Vlogging: Can you really earn from it?

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A couple has been on the hunt for furniture toronto for a few days now. Not for a brand new home or renovation. Not to give as a welcome home gift or for a newly-wed couple starting to build their forever home. The furniture will become the backdrop for their videos. The couple is into video blogging or, simply called, vlogging.

Vlogging has become such a trend nowadays that even ordinary individuals have their own YouTube channels you can subscribe to. Do you know why? The money to be earned in a video viewed by the millions. It is rumored that a YouTube video viewed at least five hundred million times will earn you a whopping one million US dollars!!! Not too sure about the accuracy of that article I read but if it is true, then you cannot really blame the hundreds of ordinary individuals who would do anything just to get their videos to go viral online.

But, can you really earn from vlogging?

Apparently, yes. You need to reach a certain number of viewers in order for your uploaded YouTube vlog to start getting advertisements. Those ads will pay you depending on the popularity of your channel. I believe celebrities command a higher rate for their vlogs especially as their videos generate millions of views in a span of weeks.

Very recently, an unknown man uploaded a vlog of his. He was spaced out in the video, looking somewhere in front of him, eyes wide open and unblinking. The caption of the video was this… wait and see if the man will blink his eyes. It was a two-minute video with nothing but the wide-eyed man spaced out. It went viral! The video was viewed millions of times by netizens who got curious if something would happen in between 1 second and two minutes. Nothing happened. I was also duped by that video but can you imagine the amount of money the vlogger earned just by that simple vlog of his?

In reality, vlogging was coined to connote a new performance art or music released by an artist. It was used in a different manner, with everyone who has a video camera and some confidence to record themselves, would create a video to be uploaded in YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or even their own blog sites. In all honesty, had I know that vlogging will generate a big chunk of income, I would have joined the bandwagon a long time ago.

Still, I wish that some people respect the platform. Not everyone can vlog! And not because you have the equipment, you can now record video after video, then find a way to make it go viral just for you to earn. Vlog if you have something important to say or impart. Vlog if you really think you will entertain someone to lighten their daily load. Vlog if you must but hopefully with the good intention and not only for you to earn from it.

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Online classes and meetings and IT experts.

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In this side of the world, there are three big internet companies that compete in providing citizens with the “best” of what they can offer. Their “best” is dependent on specific areas and subscriber usage. Internet provider One can be the best in this part of the city and the worst in another location of the same city. The same with internet provider Two and Three.

Imagine a number of kids in one home taking online classes using one internet connection. Or imagine the same but this time around with a number of adults participating in online meetings using one internet connection.

A lot of bad-tempered kids and adults in a given place!

One solution that I can think of is getting IT support. An IT expert can help find a solution to the problem of multiple users with a single internet connection. If there is an IT expert on standby, downtime can be minimized and a prevention to common troubles in internet usage can be anticipated.

Students in this part of the world learn through online classes. It is almost the same as to the traditional ones except instead of a blackboard, teachers use cameras and online materials to teach. I have been observing my nephew and my younger sister with their online classes. With my nephew who is in first grade, taking his classes online is effective. He is learning a lot from his teachers these days. But with my younger sister, who is already in high school, there are just so many distractions including social media which is open in her cellphone while taking classes.

There are pros and cons. Topmost pro of online classes is, of course, the safety of the students. Safe and sound at home, away from everyone who can pass on the virus to them. The topmost con, well, the stability of the internet connection.

The same goes for online meetings. Based on personal experience, being in the middle of a meeting with the boss and the internet connection going intermittent is not a very nice situation to be in.

So, here is what an IT professional, also a cousin, did to alleviate the internet situation at home.

He bought two wifi routers, one he put on the second floor of the house, another on the ground floor. The first two floors of the house are where we normally do our online work and meetings. He also got a wifi extender for my nephew’s room. He did some tinkering so that our internet connection will be enough even if there are four to six persons using at the same time. And it is working for us just fine.

Get an IT professional to help you sort your internet connection, either for online classes or meetings, or both. You need them to do some tinkering around. You need their expertise. It will help with all the online activities that we are participating in right now.

Unless you want chaos to rule when everyone is online?

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Home Tech That’ll Keep You Entertained During The Lockdown

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Even when times are good, we spend a lot of time thinking about our homes. But now that most of us have to spend practically every hour of every day in them, that focus has shifted up a notch. We’re far more obsessed with our interiors in 2020 than ever before.

Hometech has moved on considerably in the last few years. Ten years ago, the concept of a “smart home” wasn’t even on the radar. Now it’s practically a part of the language.

Technology is helping many of us through what is an otherwise challenging time. Think about it: we have all of the entertainment we could ever want on Netflix and Disney. And we can communicate with our friends and family via zoom. We also have all manner of gadgets lying around the home that make being stuck indoors considerably more tolerable.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at the home tech keeping you entertained and comfortable during the lockdown. Enjoy!

Blenders That Vacuum Your Food At The Same Time

Okay, this one might sound a little weird, but don’t knock it until you try it!

When you use a typical blender, the action of the blades impregnates the resulting liquid with air bubbles. These then alter the taste and texture of the food you’re consuming. The effect is usually positive when you’re making, say, a strawberry smoothie. But it can be detrimental if you’re making a savory dish.

Now, though, blender companies have come up with a solution – apply a vacuum. Here, you place the lid firmly on the top of the blender, switch it on, turn on the vacuum setting, and then hit go. The mixer then whips up the mixture and draws out any excess air at the same time, leaving you with pure liquid. It’s almost magical.

Fridges That Order Food For You

No smart home system is complete without a smart fridge. These incredible objects are a massive step up from the refrigerators of old. Not only can you control them remotely, but they can actually make decisions on your behalf, such as ordering food for you.

How it works goes something like this: a camera in the fridge detects that you’re running low on milk. It then sends an order to a grocery delivery service telling them what you need. The service then ships you the missing items, completely negating the need for you to do any work yourself.

Yes, granted, the technology still needs a bit of work. But it is an exciting prospect for the future, and ideal during lockdown when you don’t want to go to the store.

Something to be aware of when you add a smart device like this or similar pieces of tech to your home is that it will put more pressure on your broadband. If you don’t want to face a significant slow down, make sure that you explore a new bundle or package available from sites such as www.highspeedoptions.com. After all, a modern home with the latest tech requires modern connections.

Speakers That Play Music Depending On Your Mood

Imagine if you could walk into your home, and speakers would suddenly start playing music to reflect your mood. You wouldn’t have to spend ages fumbling around on for a particular Spotify playlist – it would happen automatically.

Now, you can actually get systems that will do this. Most are voice-activated and will work anywhere in your home via Bluetooth.

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5 Amazing Apps You Need In Your Life

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Technology has given us so many new and exciting things to take advantage of. Needless to say, when used correctly, it has definitely changed our lives. Mobile technology is perhaps the most critical in this aspect. We’re now in a position where we have mini-computers in our pockets whenever we need them. Cell phone technology is mind-boggling, but you might be surprised by what I deem the most brilliant thing about modern phones.

That’s right, the title gives it away, I’m talking about apps. Apps are so incredible as they provide you with everything you need in the palm of your hand. There’s an app for just about everything and anything. So, on that note, here are some fantastic apps that you need in your life right now:

Netflix
There are lots of great streaming apps out there – some would say too many. You’ve got Hulu, Amazon, Disney Plus, etc. Still, I think Netflix offers the best blend of TV and movies across them all. It has a diverse roster of shows or films for every taste. There are new ones every month, and more classic options are being added as well. It’s always good to get recommendations from your friends for things to watch on Netflix as you discover hidden gems all the time. With a streaming app, you’re armed with entertainment in your pocket wherever you go. Plus, Netflix lets you download some shows and films while you’re at home, so you can steam them without using up mobile data!

Flo
Flo is an absolute life-changer for any woman on her period. Essentially, this app lets you track your period and tells you when it’s due. All you have to do is put in when your period last started, and it will figure things out with strange accuracy. The beauty of Flo is that it helps you prepare for your period and also lets you see when you’re ovulating. Thus, it turns into a fantastic app for people who are trying to have a baby. If you successfully conceive, then you can carry on using the app to track your pregnancy and keep tabs on how your baby is growing. Honestly, it’s the definition of an app you can’t live without.

Houseparty
This is one of those apps that’s risen in popularity thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown measures. In essence, it’s a group video calling app where loads of people can get together to have some fun. The difference between Houseparty and other apps is that it comes with a host of party games built-in. So, you and your friends can all have fun playing games as though you’re at a real house party. It’s excellent to use during these times of social distancing, but equally excellent at any other time. If you and your friends are all bored with nothing to do, then fire up the app and have some fun. Also, it’s amazing if you have family that live far away – this app keeps you connected!

Duolingo
I’m aware there are other language apps available, but Duolingo seems to be the best for beginners. Learning a new language is loads of fun, but it’s often hard to get started. With Duolingo, the lessons are so easy to follow and highly addictive. I like how it gives you a daily streak, and you lose it if you don’t go through at least one lesson a day. This keeps you motivated, as do the endless notifications it sends you to make sure you practice. After using the app for a few months, you’ll see a vast improvement in your base knowledge and vocabulary. Is it the best app if you want to be fluent? Probably not, but it’s an app you need if you’re looking to brush up on some old school knowledge or want to pick up a few key phrases for your next trip.

PS Express
Lastly, you need a good photo editing app, and PS Express is the best of all. This is like a condenses version of Adobe Photoshop for your phone. It’s free to use, there are no intruding adverts, and you can play around with so many editing features. If you want an app that will enhance your phone’s camera, then this is my recommendations. As a bonus, it lets you crop the pictures into the ideal size for social media posts or profile pictures, which is a nice touch.

If you’re looking for some app inspiration, then try these out for size. They’re helpful pretty much every day, and you can get them on both Android and Apple devices.

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Four Ways Technology Is Improving Our Lives

When you look at news reports, there tends to be a considerable level of doom and gloom around technology. Some reports are obsessed with the idea that tech is going to take all the jobs, despite there being little to no evidence to support this. Other reports lean into the idea that technology is making us less sociable, but this doesn’t seem to be the case either. So, let’s look at some of the ways that tech is actually changing our lives for the better.

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Health

There’s now quite a lot of tech that is used in the health sector on a daily basis. Personal tech boosts the quality of life while advanced equipment ensures that the latest procedures can be completed safely. One of the clearest and easiest areas where we can see tech improving medicine is with hearing aids. There are countless different types of hearing aids today and this means that everyone can get the full support they need. You no longer have to worry about not being able to hear or struggling to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle while wearing devices like this. Both options are now fully accessible to everyone.

Socializing

You might think that tech is making us less sociable. If you’re a parent, you could be frustrated with the amount of time that your kids spend on different apps or particular devices. However, it’s fair to say that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Thanks to the latest tech, it’s easy to keep in contact with people, regardless of where they are in the world. Essentially, the barriers of distance have been broken down completely. Finally, we have a world that is completely connected where individuals are able to interact regardless of where they are. It’s fair to say that this has brought society closer together.

Fitness

You might think that tech hasn’t had a massive impact on fitness. However, you would be mistaken. Tech has certainly changed the fitness game. With tech, it’s possible to track fitness performance and ensure that we are reaching towards goals. We no longer have to wonder how much we are achieving during a workout. It’s possible to measure performance down to tiny detail. Since we can set goals, we are more motivated to achieve them. This has helped countless people find the support they need to conquer the hurdles they faced when trying to improve their health.

Business

Finally, tech has even improved the business world. New technology has made it easier for businesses to operate in a way that is far more effective and efficient. This has opened up the market to smaller companies, allowing them a chance to compete. Without tech, there is certainly no way that we would have the entrepreneur fuel economy that is clearly apparent today.

We hope you see now the huge positives that tech has brought to the world. Yes, it may be frightening when you assess just how fast it is evolving. However, there is no doubt that is improving our quality of living overall.

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Consider This Before Opting For A New Mobile Phone

Are you thinking about investing in a new mobile phone? There are lots of choices on the market to consider, even if they do look remarkably similar. If you think about it, this is also quite an important decision. Out of all the tech that you probably own, the mobile phone is probably the one piece that you use the most. Some people struggle to put their phones down at all. Instead, they have them nearby at all times, ready to answer a call or respond to a text. They become even more widely used when you consider how many different apps there are. So, let’s explore some of the things that you should keep in mind before you buy a new phone.

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Style

Yes, you may want to think about the style of the phone that you choose. While it might seem as though all the latest phones look the same, this isn’t quite the case. There are some stand out options among them. For instance, you might opt for the Motorola Razr. It’s worth noting that this does have a unique style but is certainly a little behind in terms of tech. Still, if you can look past that it’s sure to help you make a great impression.

Battery

There are plenty of phones on the market today that have awful batteries and that’s an issue. Particularly when you consider how often you use your phone. Ideally, when you purchase a phone these days, you should make sure that it will last at least a full day on a full charge with frequent use. These options are accessible on the market and batteries are constantly improving too. Do be aware though that after a couple of years, the battery of your phone will deplete, similar to virtually any other tech device.

Connectivity

You might also want to think about levels of connectivity. This is particularly important if there are other tech devices that you want to use with your phone. For instance, an example could be compatible hearing aids. This will ensure that if you are wearing hearing aids, then they can connect directly to your phone. It ensures that you will be able to use the device with absolutely no interference at all. Effectively, this means that you won’t have to worry about issues with not being able to use your phone if you do have hearing trouble.

Data

Finally, you might also want to think about data. When you purchase a phone, you will get to choose how much data you want. So, what’s the right amount? Well, this is an interesting question, because the reality is that there’s no right answer. However, more data will make your phone far more useful. Furthermore, there are plenty of things that require a lot of data these days. As such, somewhere around 50GB per month is probably going to be your best option here. Do this and you shouldn’t have issues with running out of the date you need.

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