Category: High-tech

22 Nov

The Lowdown on Speedrunning: Get Involved

Speedrunning is big in the world of gaming. The very best gamers go head-to-head to complete a video game as fast as possible. Speedrunning events and marathons have seen a massive rise in popularity in recent years. Participants practise their game at home so they can bring their A-game on the day of reckoning. Although some events are held purely to see who is best and can potentially come away with some prize money, there are also speedrunning events for charity. This year alone an Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon raised well over two million dollars for charity.

Speedrun Events

Although some speedrun events are renowned worldwide, make sure you watch out for smaller or local events where you can practise. Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) is one of the biggest events, and while it offers fantastic gaming and entertainment, smaller events can be just as great. European Speedrunner Assembly is on the rise as well and is held annually in February. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Western Digital Speed Run Cup, held for the very first time on the 23rd of November 2018. Western Digital, a leading supplier of solid state drives, will host the five-hour marathon in London and are pitting UK’s top speedrunners, game bloggers and journalists against each other.

Speedrun Games

Speedrun games played are very varied. AGDQ include anything from LittleBigPlanet2 to Hell’s Finest and Disney’s Aladdin. Often, these events are open to suggestions prior to deciding on the final schedule. For example, the European Speedrunner Assembly asks for game submissions and suggestions. Decisions are made based on the length of the game, entertainment value as well as commentary quality. The Western Digital Speed Run Cup has chosen to include a varied mix of video games. Perhaps one of the weirdest games is I Am Bread, where you start as an innocent piece of bread in a whacky environment. Also on the menu are Portal, Cup Head and Super Meat Boy, where Portal is a more conventional speedrun game.

Speedrun Channels & Resources

For more inspiration and information on speedrun games, have a look at the Speedrun.com website. It’s a great resource on leader boards and games, as well as providing a forum to speedrunners. The site is still in beta phase, but provides a fantastic resource for all involved. You don’t have to play the actual games to enjoy a speedrun event. There are a host of video game channels out there, where people film their actually speedruns or stream it live. Get your first taste of speedrunning on SpeedRunsLive. You can lurk around and watch people play games, or get yourself involved by engaging in one of their newbie-friendly games. You can also join the chat room or forum to read up more about speedrunning before taking part.

29 Jun

The Best Things to Look Forward to With Clean Technology

When it comes to smartphones, headphones, televisions, and other great gadgets, cleantech may not be at the forefront of your mind. Usually, we tend to think about creating electricity efficiently, making better use of our natural resources, and ultimately helping the environment. When it comes to our favourite gadgets though, cleantech brings with it a whole realm of possibilities for our everyday electronics.

Consider the following, smartphones which almost never run out of power so no need for charging. TV’s that don’t run up electricity bills due to wasting energy through heat, as well as cars which don’t cost an arm and a leg to run every single month.

Unrivalled Energy-Efficiency for Gadgets

There’s nothing more irritating than a great smartphone with so many fun and useful features that has a battery life of less than an hour. The amount of energy used in something like a smartphone, portable gaming device, or MP3 player is usually fairly low, but an excessive load can generate a lot of heat. This heat is essentially wasted energy that would alternatively be used for performance if the processor was more efficient.

Where cleantech comes in is that they have been working on exactly this type of thing – processors which reduce most of, or eliminate heat output. If the geniuses in the clean technology field crack this issue, we could be seeing our gadgets becoming not only more long-lasting but also ridiculously more efficient. Some smartphones, like the OnePlus 5, are making great strides in lengthening battery life, however, cleantech advancements will trump these if they achieve a likely breakthrough.

Efficient Cars That Don’t Pollute

Biofuel is a potentially big milestone for not only efficient fuels for cars, generators, and more, it is a great victory for the environment. Engines of all kinds continue to harm the atmosphere with their Co2 emissions from burning fossil fuels – biofuel, on the other hand, does nowhere near as much damage as the stuff we use now. Adding to the fact that the cleantech field may soon find a way to make the energy output of this biofuel higher than traditional methods, we’ll soon get to enjoy driving without the usual downsides. This is something Tesla Motors, in particular, has been pushing for years.

Where dual-fuel and electric cars have failed to make their mark, we could soon be seeing biofuel cars revolutionising our lives. One major issue with this, however, is that a number of giants in the oil and automobile industries may try their best to block such advances to reap the financial benefits of doing so. This has been something that law firms and partners like Goodwin have been waiting for as many have already created cleantech law groups in anticipation.

No More Electricity Bills

It sounds like a ridiculous notion that we could eventually not have to pay for electricity, however, this is more of a potential reality than most realise. Sustainable energy not drawn from fossil fuels will be much cheaper to produce and will preserve our atmosphere and environment for the better. While free electricity may be a long way off, we can at least expect cheaper bills if the cleantech industry makes some more positive strides.

Using all your high-tech gadgets at home will be made all the sweeter when you don’t have to worry about a big energy bill at the end of the month. Gone could be the days where we’re all looking for the next best deal from energy suppliers – many of them may become irrelevant when it comes to price.

17 May
17 May

Every way round: our favourite USB Type C USB-compatible products

Not exactly new (it was introduced in 2013), but finally marching strongly into everyday products including mobile phones, the type-C USB connector could become a standard for more and more devices. Convenient charging, usage as a headphone connection, transfer rates up to 1000 Mo/s… The Type-C USB 3.1 generation offers numerous undeniable advantages. Made popular by its presence on the 12-inch Macbook, USB-C is being incorporated on more and more mobile phones and other connected devices. (more…)

17 May

The 5 best smartphones to listen to music

Nowadays, the heart of music listening has moved from the traditional hifi to nomadic products, and more particularily to the smartphone. The audio quality has even become one of the essential criterias when choosing a phone. And who can blame users? With phone now being able to perform all our daily tech tasks, from calls to scheduling, finding your way around and presenting files to clients, it only makes sense that we would not bother carrying extra devices around for music. So without furhter ado, here is my little selection of the best kings of audio among smartphones, including reasonnably priced conterders from previous ranges. (more…)

17 May

6 sound bars to make your TV scream!

It seems that in the hearts of users, sound bars have taken over home cinema systems with multiple speakers. More compact, more aesthetic, simpler to set up and freed of an often visually displeasing cable, their appear as the royal path to enhance your television’s audio. So if you’re looking to nake the most of your television and enhance your film, music, and video experience, have a look at my little selection of soundbars and soundbases…

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17 May